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County dog tag sales top 11,000

Pet owners can buy multi-year licenses

December 17, 2013

The ability to purchase multi-year dog tags has been available to Washington County residents since Dec. 1, but so far there have been few takers, according to the county auditor’s office....

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Dec-17-13 8:25 PM

Tessie, didn't you say the dog warden and equipment cost the county $131,000 a year? Where do you suppose that money comes from? Now why do the dog owners have to bare the burden of raising this money. Why not make cat owners get licenses also, it's only fair.

Someone else on here said the problem is people who do not license their dogs and let them run around. I don't see many, if any dogs running around town. I am not saying they don't, I am just saying I don't believe there are many. As far as people who do not license their dogs, who are they? If you know of people who do not license their dogs, report them.

Write your wisecracks all you want, but other areas have a cat tax license just like our dog tax license. Cats cause more of a problem in our neighborhood than dogs, so from my point of view it makes sense to tax cats also.

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Dec-17-13 4:10 PM

Concerned patriot, please be less mysterious and back up your statement.

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Dec-17-13 3:39 PM

I have no problem with purchasing dog tags, I have to get three tags. It is the people who think they don't have to buy tags and let their dogs run free that are the problem. Sixteen dollars is not a ridiculous charge for the tags.

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Dec-17-13 2:19 PM

Great Idea. Lets make the cat owners get a tag. Then we can hire a cat warden!!! I'm sure there would be grant for that. Look out chickens pigs horses cows snakes and hamsters, your next.

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Dec-17-13 12:38 PM

Tessie, I believe you answered your own question.

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Dec-17-13 11:38 AM

How is $16 a ridiculous charge?

I find it hard to believe that the dog warden's salary and all the equipment costs the county $131,000 a year. Since the dog warden is also a WCSD deputy who can be pressed into service as such at any time, isn't her salary covered through the Sheriff's department?

It's outrageous that the HSOV is expected to operate on donations and fund raisers for the most part. $60,000? That's a drop in the bucket. If all of the dog tag money went to the HSOV and all the municipalities paid their fair share, the volunteers, the HSOV members and officers, and the staff could concentrate more on caring for the animals and less on frantic fundraising every month.

If I remember correctly, when Ms McGilton was made the dog warden the sheriff said it was so she could be used as a deputy when needed and that the sheriff's office was paying at least part of her salary. What's changed that her salary comes out of dog tag money?

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Dec-17-13 6:57 AM

How about making cat owners buy tags also? Sixteen dollars a years is a ridiculous charge for a dog. How about being fair about the whole thing?

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