2009-05-21 / Front Page

Dog Law Officers To Sweep Area

Time still left to get dog licenses
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Dog law enforcement officers are slated to begin sweeping the area in upcoming weeks, making contact with residents who, for any multitude of reasons, failed to obtain a license for their furry, four-legged friend this year.

Aided by a new computerized tracking system that will soon be available statewide, dog law officials locally now possess the capability to locate dogs without licenses through a range of tracking features, such as utilizing the owner's last name, or neighborhood or town.

Not only does the system eliminate the need for unneeded door-to-door visits at the homes of owners of licensed dogs, it also has the capability of reviewing licensing over a three-year period. Furthermore, the system is instrumental in determining ownership of lost and found dogs.

According to Harold A. Walstrom, dog law supervisor for Fulton County and the sur- rounding 12-county region, a total of 477 dog licenses were not renewed from 2008 locally. A total of 2,870 dogs were licensed in 2008, Walstrom added. License sales this year are expected to top 3,500.

The minimum fine for an unlicensed dog is $50. In comparison to paying the cost of a fine, dog licenses can be purchased for less than $10. In fact, regular fees range from $6 to $8, while senior citizens and individuals with disabilities can purchase a license for $4 to $6. License are available at the Fulton County Treasurer's Office located in the courthouse.

In speaking with the "News" on the heels of "Be Kind To Animals Week," Walstrom said, "What better way to be kind to your animals than to have them licensed and vaccinated."

Touching on the need for current rabies vaccinations, Walstrom also indicated Fulton County has had one case of rabies already this year - a raccoon. The state on average has 400 cases annually.

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