The grace period is over. A law signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in February gave pet owners a seven month grace period to spay or neuter their pets.
As of Wednesday, Los Angeles pet owners must sterilize their dogs or cats by the time they are four months old.
Owners who do not comply with the law will receive information on subsidized sterilization services. If their pets are not fixed within 60 days, owners could face a $100 fine or eight hours of community service. A third offense could result in a $500 fine or 40 hours of community service.
The ordinance exempts animals for which there are valid breeding permits, service (guide) dogs or animals used by law enforcement.