|Barked: Tue Jul 10, '07 9:55am PST |
|Yesterday I went to court. In South Carolina dogs and cats have to be Rabies Vaccinated every year. The dog or cat has to have their Rabies tag on at all times. My two dogs were vaccinated in Florida 7/06.The animal control lady came to my door, (June 21)unprovoked. At times they go door to door. I had my Fla. certificates, but no tags on dogs.My dogs were in my 1 acre chain link fenced yard. I was given two $155.00 tickets.I had the dogs re-vaccinated and installed their tags on collars.I had been told the fine would be greatly reduced if I went to court.
They saw maybe ten people before me (there were maybe 100 in the room).Some people's dogs were indeed loose when ticketed.Mine were in my yard.One lady had a dog in her yard untagged, she had received two tickets, the other for the Chihuahua in her living room,untagged.She said to the judge "how can you ticket the Chihuahua that was in my house?" The judge turned to the officer, she immediately raised her right hand in the air,as if swearing in oath, and said "I observed the Chihuahua looking out of the living room window,and it did not have on a tag." The woman paid $75.00 for each dog in the way of a fine, reduced from $155.00 because she stated each dog to now be wearing a tag. I paid $75.00 each ticket because I showed S.C. rabies certificates and swore my dogs now wore tags. I was so irrate I dared not make eye contact. The judge sat there and rolled in $75.00 for each dog ticketed for not wearing a tag----NOT for not being vaccinated, but for not wearing a TAG in their own house! First of all, is it 34 states that have acknowledged three year vaccinations? Every year is unnecessary and harmful to the dog, and secondly they can "LOOK IN YOUR WINDOW"!!!
This morning I glazed my living room window. My Jack Russell is rarely outside, has always been up to date on Vaccines, and does not wear a collar in the house. She wears a halter outside(now with her rabies tag in addition to her ID tag.) She always goes to the living room window to see who is at the door, and now I can't let her be seen without her tag!
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