Monday, September 22, 2008
Omaha, NE - In early September, Omaha waived its late fee on pet licenses for the month to encourage people to legalize their pets before a tough new ordinance takes hold. After this time, having an unlicensed pet will count toward "three strikes, and you lose your pet" provision in the ordinance, said Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Humane Society.
The new ordinance -- which may take effect as soon as October -- includes a "reckless owner" provision. Someone who accumulates three violations over two years would have to forfeit the pet and would not be allowed to own another one for two years. The violations include: failing to license, allowing a dog to roam off leash, incessant dog barking and menacing behavior.
Three strikes and your "pet is out" is an excellent step toward accountability.Annual pet licenses become delinquent in March, after which a $50 late fee is added. This late fee is what is being waived this month. Owners will still have to buy the license: $12 for a fixed cat, $15 for a fixed dog and $30 for an unfixed pet. The amnesty on late fees expires Sept. 29 -- just 7 days from now. We imagine delinquent pit bull owners have happily stuck a check in the mail.
In other news:Omaha, NE - Over the weekend, a pit bull tore into another pit bull in a neighbor's yard. While vets worked on the injured dog, officers hauled the attacking dog away. They then ticketed the pit bull's owner for having a dangerous animal. In a different part of the city, a pit bull was seized after biting a man on the stomach. Officials impounded the animal because it was not licensed and had no proof of vaccination.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
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| 9/22/2008 4:12 AM |
Gotta wonder if Mayor Fahey feels personally responsible for these continuing incidents? He shouldn't have allowed himself to be bamboozled by the Pit Bull advocacy superstars from New York City. Each new incident reflects on him and the city council.
btw...Nice windfall for the AVMA. One dog gets sewn back together and two more get the purple needle. Cha-Ching!
| 9/22/2008 12:23 PM |
It is NOT enough ($12-15), this how ridiculous animal control agencies are in this country. These "third world" prices allow them to continue to say, "We don't have enough revenue to do our jobs properly!