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Buying dog tags could get easier

July 30, 2013

Washington County residents will have some new options for buying dog tags starting Dec. 1, with the licensing requirement no longer necessarily an annual inconvenience....

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Aug-01-13 1:01 PM

The staff and volunteers at the HSOV**** work very hard to care for animals that are dumped because people can no longer care for them, or train them, or feed them, or the dog is old, ad nauseum. Any excuse will do.

B.N., there is certainly not a lack of dogs in this area! There are dogs on the urgent list, and those in danger of euthanasia quite often. I do understated what you're saying I think. Are you saying that the shelter sends purebred dogs and puppies to Rescue groups where they are sold? If so, that's true. Whether those animals are exchanged for a $250 donation or whether they're sold is just semantics.

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Aug-01-13 1:00 PM

Crandall, I agree with what you said!

The problem I have with the current licensing situation is that only $1 of the current $16 licensing fee (I paid $17?) goes to support the HSOV. Our county commissioners use the rest of those fees on non-animal expenditures and that is not right. The auditor should take a look at the trend for purchase of licenses since 2008. The number has steadily decreased, likely due to the economy.

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Jul-31-13 9:07 AM

I remember the Shelter while I was growing up. Dogs and cats killed in untold numbers, dirty disgusting conditions and a totally overwhelmed staff. Rescues work on a very small budget, adding the cost of dog tags to saving the dogs is asinine unless your goal is saving fewer dogs. Our current Humane Society is a now thousand times better not to mention our outstanding Dog Warden & the staff who work very hard to save as many animals as possible on an impossibly low budget. And if the County bought a computer program that is so worthless that they can't handle this rather minor change in selling tags, then next time get someone smarter to make the computer programming purchases.

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Jul-31-13 8:05 AM

The shelter does everything it can to save as many as possible from euthanizing. If you add the fee of the dog tags, some rescues might quit "helping" the shelter by taking the many, many dogs! Would you rather they euthanize 700 to 900 more dogs a year??? They struggle now to get rescues to help them out by taking as many as they do! I know some of the volunteers set on phones till late in the night begging rescues to help out. As far as the change in dog tags, I'll just continue to buy my 3 tags each year at the shelter. At least they get 50 cents from each tag they sell.

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Jul-31-13 5:16 AM

Asknot you probably break a lot of laws and think it okay just because it suits you but the law is the law no one is above it!

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Jul-30-13 9:36 PM

I recieve a bill for my dogs' license in the mail, I send it back with payment and they send me the much easier can it get?...those who are not purchasing tags do not intend to, ever...

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Jul-30-13 9:36 PM

Asknot my beef is they give away to rescue groups 700 t0 900 dogs a year with out a license you a county resident adopt a dog you are not a rescue group, yes you rescued Your dogs from the shelter but you paid for them + extras.The dog and kennel funds $1,000.00 to the shelter for spay and neuter each and every month.The rescue groups I am talking about are people from out side of Washington County the take dogs from the shelter and sell them in areas that spay and neuter have caused the lack of new dogs. Some of them are breed specific in what they rescue. Some of them pay in advance for spay & neuter and shots but they do not purchase a Washington County dog license. I am sorry I am not a English lit. but will draw you a diagram if you really need it!

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Jul-30-13 6:17 PM

Yes asknot and you paid for the dogs but the rescue groups get the dogs free pay for shots don't pay for license and the Ohio revised code says no dog is to leave the shelter with out a license except for those going to a certified school for training in helper dog for impaired people blind, mobility and such.

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Jul-30-13 5:50 PM

I have owned dogs all my life and have always bought dog tags for the dogs. I would like to see sterner penalties for people who do not buy tags. I will continue to buy tags yearly.

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Jul-30-13 12:46 PM

Wouldn't it be nice if the law was enforced by the sheriff that all dogs leaving the shelter must be licensed including the free dogs to rescue after all they are Washington County dogs and all dogs must be licensed?

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