The Town of Paonia reminds dog owners to register their dogs.
Town code requires that dogs six month or older be registered annually. Unregistered dogs caught running loose will be impounded and owners will be required to pay the license fee, impound fee, and any associated care and feeding and any veterinary charges. If the dog is registered, efforts by the town to contact the owner will be made before the dog is impounded.
The issue arose at the recent Paonia board meeting when trustee David Bradford noted that between Feb. 1-15, the Police Department recorded six animal control incidents, resulting in one written warning and two citations. At the time, 24 dogs had been registered. Town clerk Corinne Ferguson said that in past years, "upwards of 150" dogs would be registered by late February.
"I think we have more than 24 dogs in town," said trustee Bradford. His concern stems from being attacked "a half a dozen times in the last two years," including by an English mastiff that attacked his dog just outside of town limits. "It nearly killed my dog," said Bradford. "This dog issue is problematic."
Cost is $5 for spayed/neutered dogs, and $15 for intact dogs; proof of vaccination is required.