BONITA (CNS) - The county's Department of Animal Services will offer pet microchips, rabies vaccinations and dog licenses Sunday in advance of Halloween, when loud noises and trick-or-treaters could alarm pets and prompt them to run off.
County animal services officials encouraged pet owners to get their animals microchipped before Halloween, and will the offer the service from noon to 2 p.m. at the animal care facility at 5821 Sweetwater Road. Microchips are usually only available on Thursdays.
"We see hundreds of lost animals come into our shelters during busy holidays such as Halloween," Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson said. "A microchip is the best way to reunite lost animals with their owners quickly after escaping from a house or yard and it could save your pet's life."
The $10 cost for a microchip includes registration, and rabies vaccinations. The fee is $6 for dogs four months or older and for cats three months or older. The Department of Animal Services will give amnesty to those who have failed to license their dog or allowed their dog's annual license to lapse.
Discount spay/neuter coupons of $50 for female cats and dogs, and $25 for all males will be available to residents who live in the unincorporated county or the cities of San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Santee.
Two people were killed Monday when a roughly 75-foot-tall tree fell onto a two-story house in the Point Loma Heights area.
County offices including libraries and animal shelters are closed Monday, Jan. 21 for the federal holiday in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
A Democratic newcomer who challenged indicted California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter last year will run again for the seat in 2020.
Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday.
Gusty winds are expected to sweep through San Diego County starting Monday and cause potentially dangerous driving conditions through Wednesday, meteorologists said.
A fire that started in a garage badly damaged a home in Scripps Ranch on Sunday morning, a fire official said.
A seemingly wayward hot air balloon landed in a Ramona field on Sunday much to the surprise of on-lookers.
Several residents of an apartment complex in El Cajon were displaced Sunday after a driver accidentally crashed into their building.