Originally Posted By Srben:
I don't need no stinking government bureaucrat telling me this. I keep all of my dogs up to date on their shots, because I love them and understand the importance of the shots, not because some government goon makes me.
In the city I work for, if you don't have your dog registered, you can be fined up to $500. This is usually accompanied by no rabies tag (Texas is under statewide rabies quarantine and has been since Gov. Richards), and is usually caused by the dog being off-leash ("at-large") - I usually run across this when a dog is loose in the city. I impound it, and when the owner shows up and pays the reclamation fee ($50. if it's registered, $100 if it's not), I'll advise them at that time that their dog needs to be registered. It's $20. for the life of the dog in my city. People don't usually complain after the fine is explained to them. I don't usually write tickets for that unless they insist on "talking to someone". If that's the case, I'll let them talk to the judge. I'm a nice guy, so there's no reason to get ugly with me and push it to that point. If you're wrong, admit it, pay the fee, register you dog, and move on. The real reason for registration of pets is not as a great big money generator; at least not for my city. The point is that the dog has a tag on it, and the owner can be found. I'd much rather take it home and be done with it. The other reason is that Texas law states that before a city can register a dog, proof of rabies has to be shown. This guarantees that dogs are vaccinated. It's not a government plot to track you, it's a way to protect public safety. Rabies in a border state like Texas is a huge problem. Texas Dept. of State Health Services usually performs the oral rabies vaccination program at taxpayer expense to control the problem - they drop vaccine laced biscuits out of a plane. Mexico and most of the third world doesn't spend money on such things. You'd be surprised at how many people call the city to report lost dogs. Very, very seldom do they have a tag, collar, or chip. People can walk for hours putting up signs on every pole in creation, but keeping a tag on a dog is a major issue for some reason. Get your dog(s) registered and be done with it. Keep a tag on them, and for Heaven's sake, give them a bath every once in a while, too.