Hearing set on dog licensing ordinance

On March 20, Jackson County residents will be able to offer their input on a proposed ordinance intended to increase the number of licensed dogs in the area and boost Jackson County Animal Control revenue.

If passed, the ordinance will require veterinarians practicing in Jackson County to report all rabies vaccinations to the county's Health & Human Services Department, which issues dog licenses. Dog owners with unlicensed animals would then receive letters reminding them to license their pet and a licensing application from the county.

Licensing revenue accounts for about one third of the department's budget, or about $443,000. This could see a boost if the ordinance is passed. Other counties that have passed similar ordinances, including Multnomah and Lane counties, have seen their licensing revenue double, county officials said.

Veterinarians would be required to report vaccinations within 60 days.

County officials will post the proposed ordinance at www.co.jackson.or.us.

At the public hearing, held at 9:30 a.m. Jackson County citizens can express their support or concern about the ordinance before the Board of Commissioners makes a decision on passing it.

— Ryan Pfeil

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