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Old 12-12-2014, 04:23 PM
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The only gripe I really have about it is that it has to be done every year.

Granted, we haven't gotten Woody licensed since we got him in 2010...He still has the tag on his collar, so that and his rabies one (which isn't the newest tag) have the city on them if he ever got loose. Plus he still has his tag from the Brittany Rescue where we got him and I think he has some sort of ID number for that.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:20 PM
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Personally I'm not sure what the dog licenses really accomplish other than people wasting their gas and I don't agree with high licensing fees. In New Hampshire, it's about $10, which isn't too bad. It would be better to just require people to carry proof of rabies vaccination.
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actually there has been a lot of local government officials caught embezzling and what not lately.
I find that statement to be a bit off. Some maybe, but not a lot
I think that due to checks and balances put in place - that it's pretty difficult city leaders to embezzlement money now days...given how easy it is for computers to track accounts receivable against expenditures...etc...not just in a closed system either...but money movement between banks

I think there will always be a few dishonest civic leaders, but again, with today's tracking tech, and most people paying with checks and credit cards, it's much harder to move money out of the system than it was in the days of paper receipts and ledgers...and a large cash on hand amount.

No one likes fees and taxes, but by not paying your share - it creates more of a burden on the public services that need the funds....and also tax/fee increases when they fall short...those who did pay...we're in a way, robbed by those who didn't because...eventually we have to spent even more to cover fee increases that everyone was suppose to help with from the start.

I think this falls under the same thing talked about in pet adoption...can one afford it. If tags are such a financial burden, maybe one shouldn't own pets.
And..to me, getting tags is as much as a duty for a pet owner to their community as picking up your dog's doo doo when they poo on city sidewalks. Neither is fun to do, but it's better overall for the sake of your town in keeping up with shelter costs.

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It wouldn't surprise me if in some areas more money is spent on managing and enforcing dog licensing then is actually received from the licensing. It would be cheaper to get rid of licensing and just use taxes for a percentage of shelter and animal control funding. To add to all of this, the other thing that makes dog licensing silly is cats don't need to be licensed in many areas.

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I totally forgot about licensing. Ryker hasn't been renewed and Gypsy has not been licensed yet. I haven't gotten a notice or anything. I would do it, but our town office has such stupid hours that they are closed whenever I'm able to go there.
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IMO I like having my dog be legally listed as mine on an official government document. Gives me peace of mind and paying the small fee my town charges doesn't particularly bother me. The local shelter and dog catcher need the money. And I think it's good to be able to easily hold owners responsible if their dog causes trouble or eats someone's livestock.
This pretty much sums it up for me. I'd rather pay the $35 a year, and have the peace of mind of knowing that if my dog should get lose, and get found, he's got that much better a chance of making it back to me.

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I don't think the bureaucrats in my tiny town are doing a lot of embezzling
I don't live in a tiny town, so no idea how much embezzling is happening.
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I find that statement to be a bit off. Some maybe, but not a lot
I think that due to checks and balances put in place - that it's pretty difficult city leaders to embezzlement money now days...given how easy it is for computers to track accounts receivable against expenditures...etc...not just in a closed system either...but money movement between banks

I think there will always be a few dishonest civic leaders, but again, with today's tracking tech, and most people paying with checks and credit cards, it's much harder to move money out of the system than it was in the days of paper receipts and ledgers...and a large cash on hand amount.

No one likes fees and taxes, but by not paying your share - it creates more of a burden on the public services that need the funds....and also tax/fee increases when they fall short...those who did pay...we're in a way, robbed by those who didn't because...eventually we have to spent even more to cover fee increases that everyone was suppose to help with from the start.

I think this falls under the same thing talked about in pet adoption...can one afford it. If tags are such a financial burden, maybe one shouldn't own pets.
And..to me, getting tags is as much as a duty for a pet owner to their community as picking up your dog's doo doo when they poo on city sidewalks. Neither is fun to do, but it's better overall for the sake of your town in keeping up with shelter costs.

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not sure you are fully aware of how much money our government wastes. money that just goes into nowhere.if you knew how the mortgage system worked you would be amazed we have lasted this long.
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It wouldn't surprise me if in some areas more money is spent on managing and enforcing dog licensing then is actually received from the licensing. It would be cheaper to get rid of licensing and just use taxes for a percentage of shelter and animal control funding. To add to all of this, the other thing that makes dog licensing silly is cats don't need to be licensed in many areas.
Cop here probably has an hour or two in labor collecting from me. multiple visits. and boy he is ticked when i just stand there and not answer the door.
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IMO I like having my dog be legally listed as mine on an official government document. Gives me peace of mind and paying the small fee my town charges doesn't particularly bother me. The local shelter and dog catcher need the money. And I think it's good to be able to easily hold owners responsible if their dog causes trouble or eats someone's livestock. I don't think the bureaucrats in my tiny town are doing a lot of embezzling
How exactly does that 10 dollars get your dog back? I can see a private company that puts a microchip in the dog, but the government doesnt really do much. in fact they only give you, like, 7 days before they kill the dog.
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Where I live in E. Tx, the licensing fee is tied in with the rabies vaccination, it was the same when I lived in New Orleans. You got your dog vaccinated against rabies, which is the law, and when you paid for the vaccination they gave you a tag and license. So anyone following the law and vaccinating their dog automatically gets the license. The fee is only $5.

I figure $5 isn't really to bad of a fee to pay every 3 years. For $5 my dog has a tag that proves he has been vaccinated against rabies, that if the number is called on it will link him back to me and his vet. If I'm ever bitten by a dog and it's wearing it's license tag then I know if I need to go seek rabies treatment or not. If a stray dog is wearing that tag it makes it that much easier to try and find it's owner. All of that for only $5.

If I'm going to gripe against fees then I have a bigger complaint with the cost of my own state ID. I don't drive, it's strictly an ID, an yet it has to be renewed every 3 years (just like my dogs license) yet it cost me $11 dollars to do so. Everyone knows that our looks change drastically every 3 years so, yeah it's not a huge money grab....
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