We’re all supposed to license our dog with the city and have our dog wear the tag on his collar. In fact, many cities are cracking down on pet owners who don’t license their pets. One man is saying the city dog tags can be dangerous to a dog’s health.
Fred Krause says that his Labrador retriever could have died from his large city dog tag. The dog jumped on the chain link fence in his kennel and the tag slipped through one of the openings. In an attempt to free himself, the dog’s collar slipped off. Krause says that if the collar was on tighter, his dog could have injured himself severely.
He believes that such working dogs, such as hunting and swimming dogs, can get their big city tag caught in brush or other debris. He says that animals can get hurt or drown when they are entangled.
Krause suggests that the city tags be removed from the collar when the dog is contained. When the dog is outside, the owner can carry the tag.
From Morris Daily Herald:
“My two dogs have my name, address, and phone number on their collars,” he said.
Krause noted the county’s dog rabies tags are much smaller in size than the Marseilles city tag.
“Just food for thought, folks,” he said. “Overall, it could save the city from a lawsuit.”
Pro Tem Mayor Bob Davis noted the city would not take action at this time on amending the ordinance. He said the council will discuss at the beginning of next year whether to discontinue the dog licensing program.
He said about 500 dog tags were sold when the program was initiated early this year, and he felt discontinuing it at this time would be unfair to the purchasers.
“Five hundred people bought the law,” he said.