It has come to the attention of THE GUARDIAN our fair City of Caldwell is contemplating making some regulations about dogs misdemeanors.
"1. Consider the DRAFT “Canine Licensing” Ordinance and set the public hearing date for
Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. during the Regular City Council Meeting. " (Taken from October 3rd City Council Agenda)
If your dog is unlicensed or at large in your neighborhood or any other issue you could be facing misdemeanor charges. This means you will find yourself in front of a judge with all manner of ancillary costs for court costs, fines and possibly probation if the Judge deems it proper. We have not seen the ordinance but we have serious reservations about the Misdemeanor aspects of the draft ordinance.
In the final analysis laws are no better than the enforcement on one side and the voluntary compliance on the other. Do we want to make otherwise law abiding citizens criminals over dog licensing?