$35 to li­cence my geri­atric dog

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Dog li­cens­ing

A sur­prise visit re­cently, out here in the depths of Flam­bor­ough. A visit from a by­law of­fi­cer, fol­low­ing up on why we hadn’t paid our dog li­cence fee. Well, we have dili­gently paid over the course of her life­time. Well, our beau­ti­ful old girl is 15, blind, and can barely walk. In other words, she can barely make it out­side to the backyard. Oh but I for­get ... we are part of Hamil­ton ... do re­mem­ber the city is hav­ing bud­getary is­sues. So, for a $15 fee, we had a by­law of­fi­cer come way out here, for a blind crip­pled dog? Oh and gas. So her visit cost the city? Of course we had to pay $35, to avoid a fine.

Oh and we get a re­fund should our old girl die over the next two weeks. How de­cent. Not im­pressed. Larry Baron, Flam­bor­ough

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