Kern County – NO Exceptions in Dog Licensing

September 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm 3 comments

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 MSNBCHow 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…

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vickie Carr  |  September 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Please link to the original file on MSNBC. I read your blog regularly and was offended by the tasteless site you linked to.
    I think it is fine to want to Impeach a president, but to call the First Lady and the children “ghetto” is completely uncalled for.

    here is the MSNBC link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32432212

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  September 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for the heads up! I couldn’t find the real MSNBC link and the link you posted didn’t work for me. So I made what I thought were appropriate edits to the post leaving the offensive link in – but adding a note that the site is extremely racially offensive – because I agree with you completely.

    UPDATE: I found the error in the link posted by Vicki and fixed it in her comment and my post. Thanks again – we *heart* observant readers.

  • 3. Laser Etching Machine  |  December 3, 2010 at 3:03 am

    stuffed animals are very cute and lovely, i bet that most kids and even women loves them `.”

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