Live in Unincorporated L.A.? It’s Time For Another Dog.

Residents in Los Angeles County can now own up to four dogs legally. In an effort to ease the growing pressure on local animal shelters, supervisors approved an increase on the dog limit Tuesday, following in the footsteps of counties like San Diego and San Bernardino.

“By increasing the number of dogs allowed per household from 3 to 4, we are hoping to encourage responsible pet owners to consider adopting an additional dog from one of our county shelters,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger who introduced the measure.

The new law only applies to unincorporated parts of L.A. County. Residents in the City of L.A. are still bound by a three-dog limit.

While the county may be increasing the limit, they’re also cracking down on unlicensed pets. Beginning July 19, Animal Control officers will conduct a sweep of unincorporated neighborhoods to ensure all pets are properly licensed, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. So make sure you get that fourth dog -- and all others -- their proper paperwork.