Move Over, Rover

Residents of unincorporated Los Angeles County can now officially have up to four dogs. The motion to raise the legal limit for dogs in unincorporated Los Angeles County from three to four, was made by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis, and unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. 

The ordinance amends the existing municipal code to allow up to four dogs per household in unincorporated areas.

“By increasing the number of dogs allowed per household from three to four, we are hoping to encourage responsible pet owners to consider adopting an additional dog from one of our county shelters,” Supervisor Barger stated.

San Diego and San Bernardino counties also have four-dog ordinances. Only licensed animal facilities are eligible for a permit for more dogs.

More information on adopting a dog from one of the county’s seven shelters—or a cat, rabbit, chicken or even horse—can be found at:


Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting on local news and issues for more than a decade, and is the author of nine books of music for the harp. Suzanne's newest book, "Life in Malibu", explores local history and nature. She can be reached at

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