I went yesterday to pick up my two reprobates, which was pretty pricey - cost of pickup and shelter for two days - even though they spent less than 24 hours in the pound, because they were admitted on one calendar date and released the next - $308.
And guess what were missing . . . their tags. "No, they were brought in without them."
Methinks budget crunch means if Animal Services gets them, they bring them in because they know people have to pay to have them released. No call to the owner. In fact, they did not even scan Josie until after I told them she had a chip in her.
Don't get me wrong, it is a great thing that they post pictures of the animals on their website to help owners find their pets. But I asked the girl, "What if a family could not afford $300." "Well, she said, "we'd see if they can at least pay half."
I asked, "And what if that is too expensive, even then?"
She made a sad face. "Then they just surrender them to the county."