Unicorn licenses give LA County a magical moment

A young girl’s request for a license for a unicorn “if she could find one” has been granted, and the public’s response has been practically magical.

Last month, a letter written to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control was answered by director Marcia Mayeda, granting Madeline permission to have a unicorn. The county’s response detailed five conditions for keeping the mythical creature:

  1. The unicorn must be cared for in compliance with all animal caretaking regulations set forth in Los Angeles County Code Title 10.
  2. The unicorn is given regular access to sunlight, moonbeams, and rainbows.
  3. The unicorn is fed one of its favorite treats – watermelon – at least once each week.
  4. The unicorn’s horn must be maintained to be in good health. This requires polishing at least once a month with a soft cloth.
  5. Any sparkles or glitter used on the unicorn must be nontoxic and biodegradable to ensure the unicorn’s good health.

They also included a pink certificate and a stuffed unicorn wearing a heart-shaped pet tag.

That Dec. 6 Twitter post from the department has more than 1,320 likes and 350 retweets.

Madeline’s request quickly went viral and prompted the LA County Animal Care Foundation, a charitable arm of the department, to create a special fund.




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