March 21, 2009

Dog License Tickets

The other day a customer started telling me about a $75 ticket that he had just received for not getting a license for his dog. I almost stopped him to tell him that he had told me this story already, but then remembered it was someone else who had told me the same story last month.

Here is how it goes:
  • both people received $75 tickets in the mail for not having a dog license
  • both tickets cited days and times when they both knew their dog was inside since they were at work, how could anyone know if the dog did not have a license?

Both people bring their dogs to the vet who needs to report to the City of Worcester when shots are given. One can only assume the city cross references this listing with the listing of renewed licences to make sure a license is in force. O'kay I am fine with that.

To just send out citations without seeing the dog, but stating you did???

11 comments:

4rilla said...

Census forms also went out about 3 weeks ago and you list your pets on that.

Is it possible that they are cross referencing census info against their dog license database?

Jeff Barnard said...

All "punishment derived" revenue streams are being pressed into service now.

I wonder how fast we'd see this kind of baloney stop if all revenues from punitive fines, across the board, were simply put into a fund and then disbursed as equal share checks to all residents at the end of each year...

Bill Randell said...

I know that I may be getting picky and I understand the need for the city to raise money, but to drive by someone's house and give them a ticker without seeing the dog??

I say just send Jeff a speeding ticket without catching him. He drives a cab and you know those guys speed.

Jahn said...

ANd how many tickets did a certain city councilor rack up for 7 violations of an unshovled sidewalk last Dec & Jan............a law that he was instumental in passing........this is why people are generally fed up with politicains and politics.

I mean Barney Frankfurter and Chris Dodd raking AIG over the coals.........ya what AIG did was wrong, IMO......but I mean barney & Chris are 100% responsible for thsi whole sumprime mess

The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

Jahn said...

So an enterprising person brings their dog to local vet, gives a phoney name and address pays cash for services rendered.............problem solved...????.........never have to pay a dog license fee to worc never mind a 75$ tix.

In the same line of thought....Lotsa people who garage their large comm. vehicle in Worc will register their commercial vehicles one town out to beat the insane city ins. rates on large Comm vehicles...excise tax rate is the same I think........where there's a "WILL".....there's a way ......anyone need any beer or butts from north of the border..... [g]

When I was a younger dude my dog got locked up b/c I never got a dog license.... ....3rd dog I had at that time and never had any probs before.....things back then were more "relaxed".........prob wasnt even a leasch law????..............cost me all the back years of license fees plus some penalties to get my dog out of W.A.R.L....I kinda forget but i think it came to almost 3 figures including the boarding fees too..........Dam city dog catcher....!!!!!!........dog lived at least another 5-6 years.............ask me if I ever paid any more annual fees....[g].....

Maybe the gaurdians of the city treaury s/b looking into the rumored 13% of our city work force that is out Injured on Duty status......if they be looking to save some dinero's......think Rushton or Toomey or Palmieri would ever touch that one???...............not on a pigs necktie they wouldnt

BTW I wonder what the collection mechanism is to force those who dont pay the doggie fine to ante it up....esp if they dont own property in Worc......how about we fine the poor landlord where the mutt is holed up???.......kind alike how LL gets fined for the tenants violations in other cases

Steve said...

Bill,

It seems to me people are complaining because they got caught.

Why not simply license the dogs, as required by the ordinance?

How do you know that someone didn't walk up to the house, ring the bell, and hear a dog barking inside a house that doesn't have any?

jahn said...

Hearing a dog bark inside a house posits that therefore an unlicensed dog is on the premises? Maybe you need a job with the Worc Vice squad...would the dog officer have to first get a no bark warrant from the courts before entering .....just kidding.

Steve the problem is that too many laws are enforced only when there is some political will to enforce them.

Paris Cinema (for example) meanwhile some city owned structures are dilapitated

More than 3 unrelated college kids in a apt. meanwhile the PIP shelter is packed beyond legally allowed capacity all winter.

Never shoveled sidewalks of city councilor(s)


People are sick & tired of selective enforcement based on which city councilor or hack you're in tight with.

What's next, we install traffic cameras at certain intersections to nab red light scofflaws and someoneone jaywalking an unlicensed dog through an intersection gets 2 tickets from the plain clothes local constabulary standing on the nearby unshoveled city owned side walk.........which officer has also been named in WPD Payroll Gate?

I'd be PO'ed if I got a ticket on 495 for going 70 mph........and clearly I am in violation of the law.........meanwhile Officer Dibble blows by me at 85 MPH while I am being written up and after getting my tix I pull off at next exit only to see Officer Dibble inhaling DD cawfee and double choc. glazed. [g]

jahn said...

Hearing a dog bark inside a house posits that therefore an unlicensed dog is on the premises? Maybe you need a job with the Worc Vice squad...would the dog officer have to first get a no bark warrant from the courts before entering .....just kidding.

Steve the problem is that too many laws are enforced only when there is some political will to enforce them.

Paris Cinema (for example) meanwhile some city owned structures are dilapitated

More than 3 unrelated college kids in a apt. meanwhile the PIP shelter is packed beyond legally allowed capacity all winter.

Never shoveled sidewalks of city councilor(s)


People are sick & tired of selective enforcement based on which city councilor or hack you're in tight with.

What's next, we install traffic cameras at certain intersections to nab red light scofflaws and someoneone jaywalking an unlicensed dog through an intersection gets 2 tickets from the plain clothes local constabulary standing on the nearby unshoveled city owned side walk.........which officer has also been named in WPD Payroll Gate?

I'd be PO'ed if I got a ticket on 495 for going 70 mph........and clearly I am in violation of the law.........meanwhile Officer Dibble blows by me at 85 MPH while I am being written up and after getting my tix I pull off at next exit only to see Officer Dibble inhaling DD cawfee and double choc. glazed. [g]

Steve said...

Jahn,

Actually there are two problems.

1) too many laws are enforced only when there is some political will to enforce them.

2) People ignoring laws, whether they think they will be enforced or not.

Maybe it's not fair, but, remember, fair is a place where pigs win blue ribbons.

signman said...

Hey

This happened to my assistant. The only difference is they sent her a ticket and stated they saw her outside withy her dog but she was at work with me that day and I wrote a letter stating this. She went to court to fight it and won. The judge told the dog officer that you couldn’t just send a ticket you have to see. It. Long of this is she had to pay for the license but not the fine. I agree with most comments

Why not simply license the dogs, as required by the ordinance?

Hopefully they do this all the time and not just when things are bad

NOW if I can get them to do this with sign permits!!!!!

Anonymous said...

any time you take your dog to the vet, the city gets a copy of your information, therefore you will be notified about licensing your dog, and if you fail to do so, you get a fine.