MEDFORD, Ore. — Veterinarians in Jackson County are now required to help ensure dogs are licensed in the county.
On Wednesday, Jackson County Commissioners voted to adopt an ordinance requiring vets to report the names of dog owners who bring their canines in to get rabies shots. Both the shots and the licenses are already required by state law. Now, the county will share the license fee with vets for helping ensure compliance.
“We believe really provides a sustainable revenue stream to continue our progress in providing essential animal services for our community,” said Animal Control Director Barbara Talbert.
Many of those opposed at Wednesday’s hearing were concerned about the county intruding into their veterinarian businesses.
“The first thing I’m asked is, ‘Are you gonna report this to the county, because if you are, I don’t want this vaccine,’” said veterinarian Gail Coulter
“What I’m concerned about is the county’s, or any government agency, having more personal information on people,” said Tom Turbick, with All Creatures Animal Hospital.
Prospect Resident Colleen Roberts presented an informal petition with more than 30 signatures in opposition, but board members Doug Briedenthal and Don Skundrick voted to adopt the new rules.
The ordinance requiring Jackson county veterinarians to report dog owners who get rabies shots, but don’t have dog licenses, is a permanent ordinance with no sunset clause. While it’s not part of the ordinance, however, county commissioners say they want to review the law a year from now to see if it’s working properly.