Animal Services Office Telephone Number weekday business hours: (310) 318-0611
For Animal Services after business hours call the Police Communications Unit: (310) 379-5411
Animal Services office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for your convenience.
City Hall and the Animal Services office are closed on alternate Fridays.
Please jump to http://www.redondo.org/cals/default.asp for a calendar with City Hall closure dates.
What services does the Redondo Beach Police Department Animal Services Unit provide?
Animal Services officers perform the following serivces:
Rescue sick or injured animals
Capture stray and abandoned animals
Identify and reunite stray animals with their owners when possible
Capture wild and non-domestic animals
Enforce barking dog and animal noise complaints
Patrol the City to deliver enforcement and care services
Investigate complaints of animal cruelty
Respond to citizen complaints about animal issues
Transport unclaimed injured animals to care facilities
Investigate animal bites and prepare reports
Impound and quarantine dangerous or vicious dogs as necessary
Remove dead animals from public areas
Educate the public about animal welfare, regulations and laws
Enforce pet license and permit laws
Prepare for prosecutions and present evidence in court
Laws Related to Animals
Where do I find the laws related to animals in Redondo Beach?
What should I do if a dog bites me in Redondo Beach?
What actions does Animal Services take if I report that a dog has bitten me?
How do I get a copy of a dog bite report and what will it cost?
What may I do to lessen the chance that a dog will bite me?
What are some of the reasons that a dog becomes aggressive?
What behavior indicates that the dog wants to be left alone and may attack?
If a dog is about to attack me, what should I do?
What should I do if a dog does attack?
If my dog bites someone, what should I do?
What may I do to lessen the chances that my dog will bite someone?
What are the leash laws for Redondo Beach?
Your dog must be attached to a leash if:
You are in a public place
You are on private property that does not confine the dog in an enclosed area
The leash shall not be longer than six (6) feet
Your dog must be under the care of a competent person
Why must the leash be less than six feet, and what do you mean by competent person?
A leash that is six feet or shorter allows you to control your dog adequately to keep your dog, other dogs and animals and passing persons safe.
A competent person is someone who has the ability to control the dog based on its size and demeanor when in the presence of other animals and people.
Why can’t I use an extendable leash?
A leash under six (6) feet in length gives you a better ability to control and protect your dog from harm and from harming others.
Animal Litter Abatement Practices and Laws
Is there a law that says I have to pick up the feces of my dog, cat or other household pet if they defecate on public or private property that is not mine?
Yes, it is the law.
Redondo Beach Municipal Code 5-1.501(a) states that:
It shall be unlawful for the owner or person having the charge or control of any dog or cat or other household pet, referred to as “animal” in this section, to permit such animal to defecate and to allow the feces to remain upon any public or private property not owned or possessed by the owner or person having the charge or control of such animal, unless the person shall immediately and securely enclose all feces deposited by the animal in a bag, wrapper, or other container and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.
Is there a law that I have to carry a wrapper bag or container to pick up my pet’s feces if I am walking my pet in public?
Yes., it is the law.
Redondo Beach Municipal Code 5-1.501(b) states that:
Any person who has the charge or control of an animal in a location other than on the property of such person or the property of the owner of the animal shall have in his possession a suitable wrapper, bag, or container for the purpose of complying with the requirements of this section. The failure of such person to carry such wrapper, bag, or container when in the charge or control of an animal in a location other than on the property of such person or the property of the owner of the animal shall constitute a violation of this section.
Picking up you dog's feces is the responsible thing to do as a pet owner.
Animal waste can cultivate disease, attract vermin, be unsightly and cause a foul odor
Why should I be concerned about my animal's feces and where it is left?
Animal feces can contain bacteria and parasite eggs that infect your animal and humans.
Feces that dries and disintegrates into the soil contaminates the soil and creates an elevated risk for exposure to parasites.
If you work in your garden without gloves, dog and cat feces may infect the soil.
Dried feces is more likely to contain infectious parasite eggs after 1-7 days.
Cats that hunt and eat rodents or birds can be infected with a parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
The feces of raccoons and other nocturnal wildlife in your yard may carry roundworm eggs.
Salmonella can infect dogs and cats via exposure to contaminated pet foods, raw mean or consumption of some types of prey.
Giardia is a protozoan intestinal parasite that infects most mammals and has been contracted in Los Angeles County dog parks in the past five years.
Animals in Parks
Are dogs and other animals allowed in parks?
No, with certain exceptions as stated in Municipal Code 4-35.08.
Redondo Beach municipal code 4-35.08 prohibits animals within City parks except for identified walking paths, the City’s dog official dog park area or City approved special events.
Parks are designated recreation and play areas for children and adults.
Where is the Redondo Beach Dog Park?
The Redondo Beach Dog Park is at 200 1/2 Flagler Lane in Redondo Beach, the corner of Flagler Lane and 190th Street.
This is at the northern boundary of Dominguez Park.
How do I learn more about the Redondo Beach Dog Park?
Visit the website sponsored by the Friends of the Redondo Beach Dog Park, Inc. for the Redondo Beach Dog Park at:
What should I do if my pet is lost during nighttime or weekend hours when the Animal Care Services office is closed?
Will Animal Care Services officers call me if they find my stray pet?
If Animal Services cannot identify my found pet, what happens?
What should I do when I find my pet?
Should I microchip my pet?
Yes, we strongly recommend microchipping your pet.
The Redondo Beach Animal Services officers have the tools to scan found animals, and they do scan them. In some cases the pets are returned to the owners within minutes of leaving your home.
Speak to your veterinarian or search the internet for more information about microchipping your pet.
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a subdermal (under the skin) microchip that can be scanned with a scanner to obtain your information and identify you as the owner of your pet.
The scanner is a device similar to a grocery store bar code scanner.
What information is on the microchip?
The microchip contains a personal, one of a kind identification number that distinguishes your pet.
Some microchips have a unique ten digit code.
How is the microchip implanted in my pet?
The chip is injected under the skin of your pet.
The chip fits through a hypodermic needle.
The chip is often injected between the shoulder blades of a dog or cat.
The chip may be placed in dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish, horses and other animals.
How will someone determine that my pet belongs to me?
Animal Services staff will scan your pet to determine the unique microchip number.
They will submit the number to one or more national databases that retain the information.
American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Program
AVID 24-hour hotline and PETtrac database
Someone will contact you, your veterinarian, or your alternate contact that you submitted as the responsible parties for your pet when you bought and implemented the microchip.
How do I recover my animal if I receive notice that it is impounded by the Redondo Beach Police Animal Services Unit?
During City Hall business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact the Animal Services office at (310) 318-0611.
During nighttime hours and weekends
Contact the Redondo Beach Police Communications Unit at (310) 379-5411.
Determine if your animal is still in the custody of Redondo Beach Animal Services officers, or if it has been transferred to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Shelter at 216 W. Victoria, Carson CA 90248.
Animal Services office staff or the Communications Unit dispatcher will arrange a meeting between you and the Animal Services officer to retrieve your animal at the City Hall complex at 401 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach CA 90277.
To retrieve your animal from impound you must:
Pay the City of Redondo Beach impound fees
$71 for the first time impound
$81 for the second time impound
$162 for the third and subsequent impound
Pay a boarding fee if the animal is boarded in Redondo Beach
$44 per day
Pay any Los County Animal Care and Control Shelter fees if the animal is taken to Carson.
The Carson Shelter is located in Carson, but it has a Gardena mailing address:
216 W. Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
Directions: Between Main and Broadway, two blocks south of the 91 Freeway
Please note that Victoria Street in this area of Gardena/Carson is the same as 190th Street
Exotic and Nondomestic Animals
Does Redondo Beach regulate snake, duck, chicken, reptile or other exotic animal ownership?
Yes. See Redondo Beach Municipal Code sections 5-1.401 to 5-1.408.
Certain exotic and nondomestic animals must be permitted by the City of Redondo Beach.
You must have a separate permit for each exotic or nondomestic animal maintained in the City.
Redondo Beach Municipal Code 5-1.401 defines exotic and nondomestic animals.
Exotic animals include any animal normally found in the wild which is not customarily kept as a domestic pet including but not limited to alligators, poisonous reptiles, snakes belonging to the constrictor family, wolves and wolf hybrids, birds of prey including but not limited to falcons, eagles, hawks and owls, felines customarily found in the wild such as tigers, leopards, lions, jaguars, pumas and ocelots.
Nondomestic animals include any animal which is customarily kept for agricultural purposes including but not limited to chickens (including birds bred for fighting or other sort), ducks, pigs (including Vietnamese Pot Bellied pigs), goats, horses, cows, minks and ermines or other animals bred for fur, sheep, turkeys, geese.
How do I obtain a permit for my exotic or nondomestic animal?
Request a permit application from the Animal Services Unit
By obtaining an application at the Animal Services office at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Door E.
Complete the application and return it to the Animal Services Unit for review.
The Permit Administrator will advise the applicant about the decision to grant or deny the permit in writing.
The Permit Administrator will mail a copy of the written decision to the applicant.
The Permit Administrator will issue or not issue a permit based on the negative impact to the health, safety and quiet enjoyment of the community.
Why are some permits for exotic or nondomestic animals denied?
In some cases, it is impractical to allow unrestricted possession of these animals due to:
The dense population or distances between buildings in areas of Redondo Beach
The probable nuisances created by these animals based on the local environment
The danger to neighbors of households with these pets
What is the penalty for not obtaining a permit?
It is a misdemeanor violation to maintain an exotic or nondomestic animal within the City of Redondo Beach without a permit.
Click here to jump to information about Wild Animals in Redondo Beach including:
Will the Redondo Beach Animal Services Unit provide traps or trap wild animals for me?
Should I attempt to trap wild animals around my house if I see them in my yard?
What places around my house provide shelter to raccoons and skunks, and how can I deter animals from using them?
What should I do about wild animals under the house or in the attic?
Why should I be concerned about leaving my animal's food dish outside our home, and why shouldn't I feed the wild animals in Redondo Beach?
Click here to jump to information about Skunks including:
Will Animal Services trap skunks that are passing through my yard?
How may I determine if a skunk or other animal is using the crawl space under my house or deck for shelter?
What should I do if I suspect that a skunk has had babies in some part of my house (under the floor, under a deck, etc.)?
Can skunks carry the rabies virus?
Do skunks carry other diseases that could affect my animal?
Will the Redondo Beach Animal Services Unit trap and relocate a skunk?
How should I remove skunk odor if my dog or I am sprayed?