[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense?
I stopped by Oakland Animal Services to renew the license for my dog. (Obligatory pics
) I happened to have him with me as we were on our way back from the vet where he'd just gotten his rabies shot, evidence of which I need to renew the license.
The woman at the counter said was charging me $5 for a new tag as she didn't see one on the dog. I explained and showed her that he was wearing a license tag, but it was on a flat tag I purchased that slides onto the collar
instead of the dangling tag they give out. [I hate hate hate the jingle sound of dog tags and the collar-tag is easier to read.]
She got extremely agitated and loudly told me that it was "illegal to reproduce or transfer the number to anything else" and that the dog was required to wear the tag they provided. She said I needed to remove the flat collar tag with the number on it and wear their tag or I could be cited. WTF? FYI, the tag they provide is a bone-shaped piece of metal with a number stamped on it. That's it. It doesn't say "City of Oakland" or anything else - just a number. So that I didn't have to pay another $5 and just to calm the situation, I lied. I told her I had the tag at home and would put it on him. (But screw that!)
My tag has his name, a contact number and "LIC #123456" - So I'm curious now - is this really illegal? The whole thing seems damn silly to me. Her reaction just seemed so overblown and unnecessary. It's just a number. Does it really matter that it's on a flat piece of metal vs. a bone-shaped piece of metal that dangles?
I haven't been able to find the full text of dog ordinances in Oakland, any help is appreciated. The closest I could find to tag requirements is:
"Dog License (O.M.C. 6.04.030)
All dogs (four months or older) must be registered and
licensed and must wear a current license tag at all times. All
dogs must be vaccinated against rabies before a license may
be issued. Discounts are given for dogs that are spayed/neutered."
Does having the number on collar tag suffice as "A current license tag" or not?
All in all, it's not that big a deal - no one is checking and I simply won't take the dog back there, but I find myself repeatedly thinking about it even some time after the incident. So I'm really curious exactly what all the ordinances say, what I exactly I could possibly be cited for, and what the penalty might be if ever cited.