Owners of 'dangerous' dogs have until Apr. 1 to register them
Under the county’s new resolution, owners of certain dog breeds have until Wednesday, April 1, to register their animal with the county. A yearly $25 registration fee must also be paid.
Only two dog owners from the unincorporated areas of Jackson County have registered their dogs with the county, it was reported.
According to the resolution, which was published in The Holton Recorder on March 4, anyone in the unincorporated areas of the county who owns a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Bull Terrier or a hybrid of any of those breeds is required to register with the sheriff’s office on or before April 1 every year.
Failing to register your dog, or violating any other portion of the resolution, can result in a fine between $50 and $500 and 30 days in the county jail.
Last Friday, sheriff’s office employees noted that only two residents had registered their dogs in accordance with the new resolution.
To register your dog, an owner must provide their name, address, home and cell phone numbers, their dog’s name, breed, sex, age and color. The dog’s veterinarian must also be listed, as well as their office’s phone number.
Sheriff office employees said that after an article was published in The Holton Recorder, two people came in the next day to the office to register their animals. Since then, no additional owners have registered with the county.
The Jackson County Commissioners decided to update the county’s policy regarding dangerous dogs and require some owners to register their animals to help law enforcement, EMS or other emergency personnel be aware of the animals when responding to an incident at a rural residence, it was previously reported.