By Keator Poleman, Times Intern
Pet owners risk costly fines for violations to a City dog ordinance. Jonathan Meziere, director of Animal Control, said a court summons and fees of $296 or more may be issued for each incident.
Updated tags may be purchased from one of the five city vet clinics or the animal shelter for $2. However, owners must provide an up to date rabies certificate if they use the shelter.
“A $2 investment in their family member can save them hundreds of dollars and days missed from work from having to go to court,” he said.
The tag colors and designs are changed yearly and can only be used for one specific pet, he added. Transferring tags to another pet is illegal and in violation of the ordinance. Pets must wear their collars with the tags. In the event of an animal running away, Meziere said all tags are registered with the city, which makes it easier to track the pets’ whereabouts.
“We want every pet returned to their owner and City tags greatly increase that as we have a direct line to them, he said.
”Then we can assist in looking into how the pet escaped to prevent them from running at large, possibly being hit by a car, or picked up by a third party who doesn’t report a found dog.”