In most of Stanislaus County, it costs $12 a year to license a dog that has been spayed or neutered. And by late fall, the penalty for not licensing your dog could be $100, plus the $12 for the license.
The goal, which we applaud, is to motivate people to license their dogs, which also means they need to be vaccinated for rabies. Most responsible dog owners already do those things, but far too many have ignored the courtesy notices left at their door by representatives from the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency canvassing the neighborhood.
The problem has been that there were no consequences for ignoring the 30-day courtesy. With the fine, there also will be a 30-day window to comply. If the dog owner obtains the required license, the fine will go away.
We hope that obstinate and neglectful dog owners will just do the math and realize that buying the license is cheaper than paying the fine. It’s also the right thing to do.
The ordinance was approved by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and will go into effect for Ceres and the unincorporated areas of the county in mid-November. Modesto and the other cities that are partners in the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency are expected to follow suit.
Other numbers of note as we wind up the ninth month of 2013:
Other sources of power for the MID: Natural gas, 21.1 percent; coal, 21 percent; purchased power from the city and county of San Francisco and other large hydro sources, 24.5percent, and Don Pedro, 6.5 percent.
People can submit questions to Barlow via those social media and Barlow will answer them or she and her students will refer people to our sources of information, according to the UC Merced media office. Like many, Barlow is concerned that antiobiotic resistance is growing because antibiotics are over-prescribed, or given for illness they cannot cure, such as viral infections.