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New Laws And Old Money At The Lucas Co. Dog Warden Office - 10/13/2010
We've had some interesting news lately about our Dog Warden's office here in Toledo. First of all, it seems they aren't quite as poor as they led us to believe, justifying the highest license fees in the state; $25 a dog. Now somehow there is $900,000 laying around that no one knew about. Gee, I wish I could find that kind of change in my couch cushions. I can't even write much about it, because that kind of accounting is beyond me. All I know is, when the citizens advisory committee asked for changes like bigger kennels, improved vet care, and longer public hours for adoptions, they were told there was no money for that. When all this money came to light, county administrator Peter Ujvagi said, oh no, "this is not a surplus". Huh? Apparently it has something to do with the way they figured future expenses, but it seems to my (maybe naive) thinking that $900,000 is plenty of money to work with.
But I don't want to be all negativity. We also just passed a much better vicious dog law in Toledo, replacing the old draconian "pit bull" laws, at least for the city. These regulations will put the responsiblity for vicious dogs right on the owners, instead of targeting certain breeds. Fines will be anywhere from $150 to $1000 for a biting dog, and may require the owner to participate in community service. There are also measures to prevent animal cruelty, such as restrictions on how long a dog can be tied up or left alone. I don't know how well these new laws can be enforced, but at least it's a start in the right direction. Meanwhile, I'm glad there are people out there educating dog owners about the welfare of their pets, overcoming breed prejudices and encouraging neutering through low cost clinics. This is where we really make change, and bless the hard workers who do it. Check out my links to read more!