Public forum to consider county dog license program

Residents of Archuleta County are invited to attend a public forum at 6 p.m. May 6 in the county commissioners’ meeting room of the Archuleta County Courthouse.

Public opinion is sought for the proposal by Archuleta County Animal Control in conjunction with the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs to implement required dog licensing for all dogs in Archuleta County.

The benefits of countywide licensing:

• Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners. A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

• Licensing encourages pet owners to vaccinate against rabies. Rabies vaccination is already required in Archuleta County, and will be a prerequisite for a dog license.

• Licensing encourages the spaying and neutering of dogs through staggered fees.

• Licensing helps Animal Control regulate dangerous dogs. Dangerous and aggressive dogs and habitual offenders can be more easily tracked through licenses.

• Licensing helps the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs. HSPS will handle administrative tasks and maintain the database in return for a percentage of each license sold.

• Licensing helps the Archuleta County Animal Control Program. License revenue will enhance the currently overburdened program.