Danville decides dog registration tags not needed

Danville decides dog registration tags not needed

DANVILLE — Owning a dog in Danville just got a tiny bit cheaper.

Canines in Danville will no longer need registration tags, city officials have decided.

But the Humane Society of Danville will continue to sell the tags as an easy and inexpensive way for pet owners to identify their animals, according to Jennifer Dixson, the organization's interim director.

In the past, the city's animal control ordinance required owners initially to register their dogs with the city, including the animal's name, breed, color, sex and verification of rabies vaccination. Once registered, the owner was required to pay $7.50 annually for a license tag that had to be attached to the dog's collar.

But now that Vermilion County's animal control department is handling enforcement in Danville, the decision was recently made to do away with the tag rules.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the change was made because of the difficulty of enforcing that part of the city's animal ordinance. And, he added, it's just not the best use of animal control officers' time.

For many years, the city had a contract with the humane society to provide animal control services within Danville. For that reason, it registered the dogs and sold the metallic licensing tags.

But new leadership at the humane society decided earlier this year to no longer provide the city's animal control services. The city is now contracting with Vermilion County's animal control department for those services, an arrangement Danville aldermen are expected to formalize next week.

Eisenhauer said the main purpose of tags was for identification of the animals, but with chip ID technology, tags aren't as necessary now. Plus, dogs are already issued rabies tags by the county.

By law, any animal adopted at a shelter must have a small chip, which includes owner ID information, implanted under the skin. The information can then be retrieved by scanning the chip. Pet owners who have not adopted their animals can get them micro-chipped, at their own expense, by most veterinarians or at the humane society, which charges $25.

But lost animals brought into the humane society don't always have microchips, and collar tags are an easy method of keeping tabs on pets, Dixson said, so the organization will continue to sell them for now.

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