LA County Increases Dog Limit to Four

With increased ownership comes increased responsibility

Los Angeles, CA  — Los Angeles County Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to increase the dog-per-household limit from three to four. They cited the desire to release pressure on the animal shelters as the reason for the increase. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) urges new and old pet owners alike to make an informed decision when adding to their families.

“There are some people who should have no pets and then there are those who are able to provide for multiple pets,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “The most important thing is quality of life. We don’t want to see a good hearted person take on more than they can handle. That’s how abuse and neglect can happen, or animals returning to the shelter.”

In the course of daily animal cruelty investigations, it is not uncommon for spcaLA Humane Officers to encounter neglect. Neglect can come in the form of lack of proper nutrition, veterinary care, or grooming. Neglect can be intentional or happen slowly over time. Either case can be animal cruelty. spcaLA wants all pets to have a safe and happy home and urges responsible pet ownership.

Dogs available for adoption at spcaLA


  • Adding a new family member is a lifetime commitment, please make sure the decision is right for you. Dogs, cats and rabbits can live 10-20 years. Some birds and tortoises can live up to 100 years!
  • Consider the budget for the cost of food, training, chews or treats, toys, grooming, licensing, and regular and emergency veterinary care, including yearly vaccinations and check-ups.
  • Who will care for the pet’s daily needs including exercise, engagement, feeding and watering, scooping litter boxes or bathroom breaks?
  • All dogs benefit from training: are you willing to provide it? What if your pet has a behavioral issue that requires private training?
  • Do you have a plan for emergencies or vacations?
  • Will you give your pet love and attention he or she needs, not just when it is convenient?

Since 1877, has been protecting animals in Southern California. spcaLA opened Los Angeles’s first animal shelter in 1914 to find homes for animals who had none. Today, spcaLA operates three pet adoption centers in Los Angeles County in Long Beach, Hawthorne, and Pico Rivera. spcaLA is the only animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also law enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers have the power of a peace officer when investigating animal cruelty. Last year, 9,046 animals were protected by spcaLA Humane Officers.