WTOL Editorial: Dog license sting a waste of time and money

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

Sending Lucas County deputy dog wardens door-to-door to find dogs without licenses is a big waste of precious tax dollars.

Want proof? Do some math. The fine is $50 if they knock on your door and your dog does not have a license.

The deputies make about $40,000 each. If they spend four months pounding the pavement, it will cost taxpayers about $27,000.

To get a fair deal for taxpayers, the break-even point is 540 owners who are caught, fined and pay. That's a huge goal when you consider the last time the wardens did this, they collected only $3,250 from 65 dog owners.

I don't think this year will be nine times more productive than last year, do you?

I say, stop this program before it gets ridiculously expensive.

And just how will the department function all summer with two people out of the normal daily rotation of duties? Makes you wonder if they just might be a over-staffed by say, at least two employees.

Hopefully the Lucas County Commissioners are good at third-grade math. I think this is one problem that is simple to solve: Just say no!

Posted by KO