They’re coming after me and my four-legged brethren to help solve the city’s financial crisis!
After perusing the Dog Trainer and Green Sheet this morning, I saw an LAWeakly story highlighted on the Westside White Guy’s blog that the dog catchers think could fetch an additional $3.6 million for the city by going after unlicensed pooches.
And who would rat them out? DWP meter readers! Apparently these guys have something called a “doggie database.” Sure, the homeland security folks can’t do racial profiling, but when it comes to dogs, the DWP can be Gestapo-like in their record keeping.
I knew there was a reason I didn’t like those guys, and the pool guy, and the mailman, and the UPS deliveryman, and the. Well, I don’t really like anyone coming near the house.
I am a watchdog, after all. And a good one! Ask Ron and Saint Deb last time someone burglarized RonKayeLA.com central.
My favorite part of the LAWeakly story was Tom LaBonge, one of the 14 city council members who got us into this financial crisis (Krekorian gets a pass cause he’s new), had to get his dog a license. Had it not occurred to him before? Someone might remind him – ex-motorcycle cop Dennis Zine’s the perfect candidate – that he also needs a driver’s license.
There is, of course, no mention of cats. I guess the DWP doggie cops don’t notice them.
Here’s a suggestion: let’s license everybody in City Hall and make it contingent upon them doing their jobs. And if they screw up, put them in one of our overcrowded animal shelters. I’m sure it will give them a new appreciation of our “no kill” policy.