Monday, May 26, 2008
Scottsbro, AL - In Scottsbro, it costs more to write a dog citation than it does for the person to pay it. Unfortunately, Scottsbro is hardly alone in their 3rd world fee structure. The existing law says first-time offenders who fail to restrain their dog can be fined a whole $10 dollars. This first offense may result in a serious attack, particularly by the neighborhood pit bull that "never showed aggression" before.
The second and third offenses shoot up to the remarkable fees of $50 and $100 dollars.Failure to restrain a dog from damaging gardens, flowers and, or shrubs can bring a $15 dollar fine. We hope Scottsbro policymakers are referring to a garden filled with dandelions; any true garden starts at a few hundred dollars (baseline). The fee explodes to $25 and $75 dollars for the second and third offenses, which guarantees a very upset gardener.
Traffic and parking violations increase all the time, so why are dog citations stuck in the pre-World War II era?Furthermore, if speeding tickets on US highways cost $10-15 dollars, our highways would look like a NASCAR race. The paltry fine would not prevent anyone from going over the speed limit. Not to mention how lousy the surface of the roads would be. Our roads would appear as they do in third world countries: dirt based with a lot of potholes.
The humdinger in Scottsbro, however, is the citation for failure to restrain a dog that has attacked a person while off owner's property. It's a mere $50 dollar fine. A person can lose a face, ear, arm or leg in a first attack by a dangerous dog. Five $10 bills is hardly going to penalize this dog owner or ensure that future responsibility is practiced.
After the dog attacks a human being a second and third time, the fees blast up to $100 and $200 dollars.The only thing these fines ensure is a future attack.
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| 5/17/2009 3:57 PM |
Increase in dog fines, from $25 to $50 dollars! My goodness, how outrageously proactive (NOT!)
Fines up in new dog law
"The Mohawk Town Board passed a new local dog control law at Thursday's town meeting, which will mean stiffer fines for violations. The board unanimously passed the local law, which will increase the fines from the previous law that was enacted in 1992..."
"First offenses will carry a fine of up to $50, second offenses will carry fines of $50 to $100, while third-time offenders could face fines between $100 to $200...The previous law charges owners $25 when their dogs are picked up by the town dog warden and taken to Ayres Animal Shelter."