The Town of Paonia reminds dog owners living within the town to register their dogs for 2017. Tags are available now.
Cost to register a dog is $5 for neutered and spayed animals, $15 for untouched dogs, with a $10 fee for replacement or duplication of dog tags. Registering dogs can save money in the long run. The fee for having an animal at large is $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense. For a third offense, a summons is issued, so add court costs. If the dog is taken to the pound, cost for confinement is $50 per day.
Town clerk Corinne Ferguson said the town will make every attempt to contact owners and get the dog home if it is registered and wearing a current tag. Revenue from registration fees goes toward the North Fork Veterinary Clinic's cost to obtain a state license to hold the animals, said Ferguson.
Fees to register dogs in Hotchkiss are also $5 for fixed animals and $15 for unfixed animals. Owners must show proof that the dog is current on its vaccinations.
Licensing of dogs in Delta County is voluntary unless a citation has been issued, according to the county website. Cost is $10 for fixed animals and $25 for unfixed animals. Dogs at large, failure to license or vaccinate, or disturbance of the peace penalties range from $25-$100 for altered animals and $40-$150 for unaltered animals. There are also fines for public/chronic nuisance, failure to sterilize after adoption and vicious dog offenses. For first-time offenders, license fee is included in the fine.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.