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Dog Gestapo Came A Calling or My life of Crime

June 12th, 2014 at 08:39 am

I never got any of my rescue dogs their license. I have 6 rescue dogs currently.

The dog Gestapo came a calling and wanted my nephew to show them their licenses. They gave him a correctable citation for $3500 that we have 20 days to get them all their shots (they have them but are due on many of them in July), get microchipped (theyy are but I have to prove they are microchipped - $25/dog), fixed (they are all fixed but I have to prove it too), and then pay past due fees for never getting licenses.

They are going all over the county to poor neighborhoods and doing this, causing a lot of poor people to have their dogs put to sleep or worse, to abandon them in the desert.

I found out I can only have 4 dogs, but am hoping they will let me have them all - Since this appears to be a way of getting tons of money and killing off little innocent creatures.

I have uptodate records on the two latest rescue dogs, but I can't find my stuff on the other 4, so this is going to be an expense, but its my own fault for never getting the licenses.

And oh the stress of knowing I was in the wrong. but now my life of crime is over and my doggies will be legal.

What a week.

This gripe session brought to you by Miz Pat

9 Responses to “Dog Gestapo Came A Calling or My life of Crime”

  1. laura Says:

    Too bad your county doesn't have anything better to do than harass good-hearted dog rescuers. That said, hopefully you can your paperwork in order and be done. Smile

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Ahh, I feel your pain. Regulations are good but they don't always make sense in individual situations. At the mortgage broker's last night we had to put our heads together to come up with explanations or stories to get around a few little things in our finances that didn't exactly fit federal regulations. All perfectly normal, wholesome, otherwise legal stuff that might disqualify us for a mortgage if we told the whole truth, so instead we have to fudge. It's so stupid when you for instance risk your dogs being euthanized rather than being well-cared-for because of a little paperwork, and I risk not getting my mortgage if I'm completely truthful, whereas some little white lies will make my story fit what the feds need to hear!

  3. Another Reader Says:

    Are you affiliated with a 501 c 3 rescue organization? Some jurisdictions will exempt those from limits and require licensing on adoption.

    In your shoes, I would write the County Board of Supervisors a letter explaining that dogs are being euthanized or abandoned because of this enforcement effort. Same with the local newspaper. I would also call all the dog advocacy and rescue groups in your area to see if they have attempted to stop this.

    Limit laws are meant to keep the the dog population on individual properties at a reasonable level and to deal with hoarding. They are never effective and are always enforced in a discriminatory manner. Be sure to mention the discriminatory nature of the enforcement initiative to the elected officials.

  4. Miz Pat Says:

    Dear Another Reader:

    I have contacted a friend who works with a rescue organization and they are having the devil of a time getting support from the newpapers and television.

    I'm pretty sure my last two rescued dogs were abandoned because of their human being issued a citation. They were so terrified and trying so hard to be big mean dogs until I got them home and fed and they realized I wanted to take care of them. Then I got doggie kisses.

    Ceejay - I know what you mean, I want to be honest at all times, but sometimes we do fudge the truth to get through the paperwork, which doesn't really care about us and was usually developed by someone with no imagination.

    Laura, I just got an appointment with our local Animal Samaritans to get documentation that the girls are all fixed $45 per dog, but no office visit charge.

    Thanks for all your comments and thoughts.

  5. Another Reader Says:

    Reasonable, caring animal care and control agencies go into poor neighborhoods and offer services, including free or low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, in the neighborhood. They don't go in with the "comply or seize" attitude.

    The girls should have spay scars that are readily visible when the abdomen is shaved. That should be enough for someone to sign off on paperwork. Ask the rescues if they can find a less expensive way to verify the spay.

    If you own four and your nephew owns two, especially if he has another address to use for the license, you should be good.

    Good luck with this.

  6. Miz Pat Says:

    Thank you, Another Reader, I appreciate your caring for animals. Unfortunately the nephews have only I.D. with my address now, but we will figure something out.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry this is happening to you. I hope it ends well.

  8. aukxsona Says:

    Wow. I personally never understood that. In our state you must have them with updated shots. We got them their shots this summer and they all have their tags. Now we happen to have 3 dogs and 2 cats, well we did. It was an expense, but they have to have their shots or they can be a real danger to the kids.

    I am so glad we do not have to license any of our dogs.

  9. Miz Pat Says:

    I am now total crime free~!!! they licensed all 6 dogs ($273 - Owie).

    Penelope still eats anything plastic she can find, but I am glad to get it over with. $273 is a lot less $3,000 so I am happy, and they didn't tell me I had too many dogs, so I am happy over that.

    Thanks everyone for your comments and thoughts!!

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