Kern County – NO Exceptions in Dog Licensing
KGET News reports a story of dog spies animal control officers run amok.
A Bakersfield woman says she has been hounded by county animal control officers to license her dog. Funny thing is, the pooch officials were so concerned about is a stuffed animal.
Dottie Elkin lives by herself in a quaint home in south Bakersfield. For the past few months the 83-year old says she’s hated getting the mail, due to letters she’s receiving from the Kern County Animal Control Department.
“I told them I do not have a dog, it’s a stuffed dog,” Elkin said.
That’s right, Elkin has a stuff [sic] “guard dog” named Wolf, keeping watch at her front door. For the last six months she’s been getting letters from animal control asking her to license the dog or face a $200 fine.
Apparently animal control officers were cruising local neighborhoods trolling for revenue searching for unlicensed dogs when they spied Wolf sitting in Elkin’s doorway. In classic bureaucratic style, they immediately started sending letters threatening to fine her if she didn’t license the dog immediately. And they continued to send these letter for six months – even after she informed them that they had made what they now refer to as a “legitimate mistake”.
Video of the story is posted on MSNBC. How in doG’s name did these morons get close enough to the “dog” to see that it wasn’t wearing tags without noticing it was a freaking stuffed dog!!! Apparently Kern County officials have a very different understanding of the word “legitimate” than I do…