Hanford, California

  • All dogs must be licensed with the city, and the license application requires that dogs be spayed or neutered.
  • Those who refuse to alter their dogs must apply for a breeder permit.

6.12.030 License required.
Every person who owns a dog within the incorporated area of the city, shall secure a license from the Animal Shelter, animal control officer or other authority designated by the city for each such dog over four (4) months of age kept for thirty (30) days or longer. The license shall be worn by the dog at all times, except as provided in section 6.12.040. Any dog found without a license tag may be taken up and impounded by the animal control officer or peace officer.

6.12.050 Dog License Application.
The dog license required by this chapter may be obtained by submitting proof of the animal having been spayed or neutered, a current rabies vaccination certificate, furnishing the information required herein and paying the proper fee to the Animal Shelter, animal control officer, any person or entity delegated by and under the supervision of the city, or any division of the Kings County Superior Court. The information required for a license form shall contain a brief description of the dog including the name, age, sex, color and breed of the dog, and if the animal is altered or unaltered, and the name, address and telephone number of the owner. The license shall contain a serial number, the expiration date of the license and such other information as the Animal Shelter may determine. The Animal Shelter or the city’s designee shall keep a copy of the license form on file in their office and the license form shall be open to public inspection. With each license issued, the Animal Shelter or city designee shall also issue a tag made of some durable material. Said tag shall bear the words “City of Hanford,” serial number of the license, and such other information as the Animal Shelter or city designee may determine. The license fee shall be collected at the time the application is submitted to the Animal Shelter or city designee.

6.28.020 Breeder permit and advertising.
A. It is unlawful for any person to breed dogs and/or cats for sale or profit or to advertise for the sale or adoption of such animals without first obtaining a breeder permit.

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