Two new animal ordinances were passed and enacted by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on May 17, 2011. These spay/neuter and microchip ordinances will become effective September 17, 2011.
In summary, Ordinance 2011-08 (Spaying and Neutering Impounded Dogs Prior to Release) amends Chapter 416-8 of the County Ordinance Code to require all unlicensed, unaltered dogs be spayed or neutered prior to their release from their first impoundment. The Code requires all licensed, unaltered dogs be spayed or neutered prior to their release the second time they are impounded within a three-year period. View the entire Spaying and Neutering ordinance (PDF).
Ordinance 2011-09 (Microchipping Impounded Dogs and Cats Before Release) amends Chapter 416-8 of the County Ordinance Code to require that all dogs and cats impounded under Section 416-8.002 and placed in the Animal Service shelters be implanted with microchip identification at the time of their release from impoundment. View the entire Microchipping Animals ordinance (PDF).
Contra Costa County Animal Control Ordinance 80-97
Below you will find links to a municipal code website where you can access free information pertaining to animal laws in Contra Costa County. These sections include information on dangerous and potentially dangerous animals, licensing, impoundments, rabies control, and many other County animal laws.