Jake: Licensed and good to go
In addition to chasing moose and bears when they trespass on our little somewhat urban community, Animal Welfare (not to be confused with "control") Officer Carol Hepburn also tracks all the dogs in town. All 1,400.
May 31 is the deadline for license renewal and this year is shaping up to be the the worst as about 700 dog owners have not taken the responsibility to do their civic duty and keep Fido legitimate. The cost is only $5, but come June 1 the late fee escalates the total cost to $30.
Yes, that's a steep late fee.
Proof of rabies vaccination is the only requirement, which is of course a public safety concern. And if your dog ever gets lost and is recovered the license can be traced back to home sweet home.
Carol even reports that she oftentimes delivers the wayward dog back to its home.