It's time this County got with the program. We must hold pet owners accountable!!!
Dog licensing serves multiple roles:
1) To track compliance to rabies vaccination where required for public health reasons.
2) To provide a means of identification for dogs that is tracked in the municipality’s database in case they are picked up stray, so they can be returned to their owners. “Your dog’s license is his ticket home.”
3) To generate income for the municipality to operate its animal services programs.
Higher rates of dog licensing lead to higher return-to-owner rates (RTO) when dogs are picked up stray, because more dogs are wearing their identifying license tags. Higher return-to-owner rates means fewer dogs need to be housed in public shelters. This reduces shelter costs and reduces the number of dogs euthanized, both important societal goals.
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