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LA County Grants Its First Unicorn License

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

Los Angeles County officials have granted the first ever 'permanent unicorn license' to a young girl who asked if she could have permission to house the mythical animal.


A post shared to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control's Facebook page shows a letter from young Madeline who asked local leaders for the license just in case she stumbles upon the horned-creature.


Drawing of a mythical unicorn

'Dear LA County, I would like your approval if I can have a unicorn in my backyard if I can find one' Madeline writes in the letter. 'Please send me a letter in response.'


Not only did the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control respond, they took it upon themselves to share Madeline's request in a now viral post and provide her with a starter unicorn.


'Madeline wrote us a letter requesting permission to have a unicorn in her backyard if she could find one. It is always rewarding to hear from young people who thoughtfully consider the requirements of providing a loving home to animals,' the agency stated.


The organization said they commend her sensibility in requesting the permit and her commitment to being a responsible pet owner in the area. 'As a result, we issued her a pre-approved unicorn license. Also, in the meantime, because they are indeed very rare to find, we will be providing her a toy unicorn as she continues her search.'


In a letter to Madeline, Marcia Mayeda, director of Animal Care and Control in L.A. County, also gave the young girl a list of requirements that must be upheld in order to keep the permit valid.


Madeline must ensure 'the unicorn is given regular access to sunlight, moonbeams, and rainbows,' and 'fed one of its favorite treats - watermelon - at least once a week,' according to Mayeda.

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