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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Genesee County cracks down on unlicensed dogs

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - After a brief amnesty, Genesee County officials are sending a small army of enforcers door to door to find dogs that don't have a license.

The Animal Control Department predicts the crackdown could raise more than $250,000 in fees this summer. There are 18 full-time workers who will sell licenses on the spot or write tickets.

Chief animal control officer Walt Rodabaugh tells The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/MfgUWd ) that many roads "have never been touched before." He says some residents haven't seen someone from his department in decades.

More than 1,700 dog owners bought licenses during a two-week amnesty when delinquent fees were waived.

Workers traveling in pairs are told to report the houses where dogs are inside but no one answers the door.