Dog Licensing a Civil Liberties Issue?
The LA Weekly says "Councilman Tom LaBonge registered his own dog this week after voicing an objection to a successful City Council motion to have animal services workers go after unregistered canines in the city." For LaBonge, it is a civil liberties issue. The motion at hand lets the Department of Animal Services work with the Department of Water and Power, which "maintains a customer database of households with dogs so that meter readers and other DWP personnel can be aware of any animal issues when they are visiting a property." With the information from DWP, Animal Services employees can cross check records to see if people are paying their license fees. The move is expected to garner $3.6 million for city coffers.