Starting July 1, the city will begin the aggressive campaign to get people to license their pets. The fines are steep too -- $300 if you do not comply within 30 days of receiving a notice.
Only 13 percent of the pets in Sacramento are properly licensed.
The $300 is fully refundable, so long as a license is obtained for the pet within 30 days. If not, the fine jumps to $500.
For spayed or neutered pets the cost of a license is just $20 for dogs and only $10 for cats.
The money the pet licensing program brings in goes to a variety of community service opportunities run by the Front Street Animal Shelter, such as free clinics to vaccinate animals, low-cost spay or neuter assistance and funding for the animal control department.