UPDATE 6:45 a.m. – Criminal charges have been dropped against Becky Rehr in connection with her tardy dog license renewal. Dismissals are not uncommon in these situations. According to our media partners at MLive, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein told the Kalamazoo Gazette last week that charges are normally dismissed in such cases once the defendant proves that he or she has obtained the dog license.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – A western Michigan woman heads to court Tuesday after being arrested for failing to renew her dog’s license.
Becky Rehr says she drove to the Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office June 23 to prove that she’s recently renewed the license for the family’s 11-year-old dog, Dexter. The Kalamazoo Gazette says Rehr’s 14-year-old daughter waited in the car as her mother was arrested, fingerprinted and held for three hours.
Failure to license a dog is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $100 fine.
County animal control Director Steve Lawrence says his office gave Rehr numerous phone, mail and in-person notices of the need to renew the $10 dog license. The last was a phone warning that a warrant would be requested unless she got a license by May 28.