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.