By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO

Owning and caring for a dog is a great responsibility. Making sure they have food, water, shelter, vet care, exercise and positive human interaction is very important.

The Sheriff’s Office gets quite a few calls over the year about people who let their dogs bark constantly, let them run at large, don’t license them and are not providing them with adequate care.

Here are just a few reminders to all those that have dogs. First, all dogs in the city or county must be licensed every year. So with the New Year fast approaching make sure you get your dog license. For city residence you can do that at City Hall and for County residence you can do that at the Public Safety Building.

Second make sure that your dog isn’t the one that your neighbors complain about. Don’t let your dog bark continually. All dogs bark and sometimes it’s a good thing. They warn us about people coming to our homes or maybe warn us about something dangerous that is taking place. But no one likes it when there trying to sleep, or enjoy just being outside.

Third keep your dog contained. Allowing your dog to run at large is a public nuisance. They chase cars, get into people’s garbage, bite people and chase them. The ordinances for both city and county don’t allow your dog to run at large. All these violations lead to citations which means if found guilty of the violation is money out of your pocket.

Fourth know the laws on how many dogs you can have. For most residence in the city and county you can only have two dogs. There are exceptions for puppies, ranchers with working dogs, kennel operators, caring for a friend’s dog for a few days and a few others.

So if you have taken upon yourself to be a pet owner, be a good one. Remember to follow the ordinances that the city and county have put into place.