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August 20, 2019

7/17/2019 2:03:00 PM
Pet license value

It is with great sadness we report the tragic loss of pets throughout Windom during the past year.
According to Windom city officials, the number of pet licenses has dropped from 92 in 2018, to just 65 so far this year. That's more than 25%. What a horrible year for Windom's pets!
Well, we all know there is more to the story. There is no doubt that Windom currently has far more pets than the 65 that are registered. In other words, our community is well-stocked with unlicensed pets.
And, while some may see this as a money grab by city hall, a quick look at the fee structure tells us there is more to the story. The license fee for an unspayed female is $8. The fee for all other pets is $5.
Let's imagine all 92 pets returned for 2019, the fee generated by those licenses would amount to, conservatively, $350. It's hardly worth the effort, correct?
Well the licenses actually perform a far more important service to our community.
Now, let's say say your dog gets loose and is running through a Windom neighborhood. Now, let's say your dog bites a small child.
Now, in scenario A, let's imagine that the dog is not only licensed, but up to date on all of its vaccinations. After the dog bite occurs, police find the licensed dog and within minutes they have the pet's vaccination record and owner's contact information. Given that the dog is up to date on its shots, the young child is spared having to get painful rabies shots. The dog is home with its family within minutes.
In scenario B, police find the dog, but there is no license and no vaccination information. Police have no choice but to board the dog at the veterinary clinic until they can find the owner and vaccination information. Time passes and there is still no information. Unfortunately, the child has to receive painful rabies shots.
In addition, the dog owner must pay a $40 impound fee, plus $15 per day in boarding fees. If the dog were licensed, fees would be $20 and $10, respectively.
Dog licenses are not just another cute idea for the city to make money. They provide valuable information for police officers to assist pet owners and the public.
Licenses are available at city hall, Monday through Friday.
  - Rahn Larson

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