Post # 1
During the yearly town data info update survey we got from our town, we found out that we have to licence our dog. I’ve never had a furbaby, so I’d never heard of that. It’s only $15/year, every year, but I disagree with the concept of it. I dont understand why I have to tell my town that I have a dog and pay a fee for it. I already pay a rediculous amount of property tax and my dog stays on my property! What are they doing with my additionaly licencing fee that benefits me or my dog!? I was just talking about this with a friend of mine, and she said she’s never bothered to licence her dog, and doesnt plan on it. I was just about to send in the form, but since she said that, was giving it a second thought. Of course they threathen that if we dont licence our dog, there’s a fine and $15/month late fee… but how would they ever know?
So do you licence your pet or have ever been caught for not doing so?
Post # 3
We license our pet, but I’ve never really heard of anyone getting caught and getting reamed for it. It seems a little silly to me. Maybe it’s so if your pet gets lost, they can better help contact you? But our dog has a microchip and an ID tag… I don’t see the point. I think I do it because my parents do it. We haven’t registered him in our new state though so maybe we’ll just be total rebels!
Post # 4
We always do (correction, I always do…Fiance is clueless about it). It makes it easier for them to call you if your furbaby gets away. Around here the money goes towards housing/feeding strays who are up for adoption. I’d rather pay the little bit of money for a little bit more security. I once found a dog and the only way I found the owner was through their registration tag.
Post # 4
@pinkshoes: I license my dog, but only because the vet reports all pets to the county registrar who pursues collection. If your town requires vets to report, then they will find out and fine you for not registering. Registration is also required for dog parks, so sometimes they have officers there to check that all dogs are licensed.
Post # 5
@msfahrenheit: oh wow, I didnt know that vets could be required to report pets to the county. well, that’s enough to make me do it I guess.
@eliwhit: yeah, our dog has the microchip too
@nhoh: well, ok.. I hope it goes to a good cause like that then.
Post # 6
Have to lisence all dogs over 6 months in the city I used to live in. $27 for sterilized and $62 for intact yearly (I used this as a tactic to get owners to sterlize their puppies/dogs when they would come to the vet clinic). There’s now a $250 fine if your dog is found not lisenced. The city will also come pounding on your door if you don’t renew it on time and eventually threaten to take your dog away (though I haven’t heard that happening, yet). Also, if your dog is found, Animal Services will keep them for free the first time (until you are able to pick them up) but then you have to pay a fee after that. All a crock if you ask me.
Post # 7
No. My grandmother used to worry about my cat and dog not being registered when I lived with her. Told them it’s really none of their business. My dog was rarely outside nor was she a nuisance. My cat stayed inside. There was no way of them to know unless they investigated for whatever reasons. I doubt they’d take the time to do so unless there was a complaint/problem.
Post # 8
I think the licensing in some cities is part of an effort to reduce strays and breeding. Many towns charge more for unaltered dogs due to this reason- all a good thing, since 3-4 million dogs are euthanized each year in the US.
Post # 9
Nope never have, never well.
Post # 10
My county’s explanation:
- A license provides an easy means for identifying you as its owner. If your dog is injured, his license may help others notify you quickly, possibly saving your dog’s life. If an Animal Control Officer rescues your lost dog, the license may enable the Officer to return the dog directly to you, thereby saving both you and your dog a trip to the Shelter.
- A Sonoma County dog license also provides important proof of current rabies vaccination. Rabies exists in Sonoma County in certain wild animals as well as domestic animals that become infected through contact with them. Every year hundreds of County residents are bitten by dogs, and some residents will be required to undergo rabies treatment because the dog was not wearing a license to indicate its vaccination status.
The rabies thing seems important if your dog does happen to escape and anything happens. You just never know.
Post # 11
I have never heard of it and I am now wondering if Florida even has such a thing! I have never even been asked to license my pets!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Yes. It didn’t occur to me not to register. We walk on our downtown mall all the time and I would hate to be fined for him not being registered.
Along those lines, there are some train people (young people who ride the trains and pan handle here) who have dogs that clearly aren’t getting the best care. I wish the cops would use the lack of registration as a reason to take those poor dogs. We saw one guy screaming his head off at a little puppy one afternoon. I wish I could have scooped that poor pup up and taken it away. It was just a baby and it was already cowering.
Post # 13
we always have. partly it’s because we live in an urban area–there are always cops around and I wouldn’t want to risk getting a ticket over such a small fee. and licenses are required for using the dog runs. I’ve never been stopped but I just don’t see the need to risk it.
Post # 14
Yes, but I don’t like it. It’s none of the government’s business what pets I have.
The only reason I registered my dogs is because I have a crazy neighbor that complained about them barking the first week we lived here. (One of my dogs chased a squirrel, the crazy neighbor ran over to the fence swinging arms and yelling at my dog to be quiet. Of course, with that reaction, my dog barked at her. She then complained to the city about our “excessively barking dogs”, which was a total lie.)
I also hate that I have to pay more than 3-times as much for my unaltered dog than my spayed/neutered dogs. I show him in AKC conformation, he’s required to be intact. He’s not left outside, I’m not breeding him, but I have to pay extra just because he’s intact.
Side-story: Last year my city was going door-to-door “cracking down” on unregistered pets. I was actually hoping they would come to my house, I would have demanded a warrant before I showed them any paperwork. (But they were really just targetting the ghetto parts of town, not the nicer suburb areas, so nobody ever came to our house.)
Post # 15
Pretty sure they’d laugh at me if I registered my bunny.