Letter: Kamloops' dog licence late fee a cash grab


I was unpleasantly surprised when I received a bill from the bylaw department to remind me I owed late fees for my two dog licences.

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Something that should have cost me $60 was now a bill for $120.

I have always paid my licence fee in January and, because I have had dogs for more than 20 years, I did not read the small print and didn’t see that the deadline for payment had been changed to Jan. 19.

What a dirty trick. Unlike many others, I license my two dogs and enjoy the benefit of the money that goes into maintenance of dog parks and more.

How hard would it have been to put out a public announcement that the deadline had changed?

I imagine lots of people with double the licence fee will not bother to renew.

At about 3,000 overdue fees, it is a nice money grab for the City of Kamloops.

I’ve paid my fine because my dogs work as therapy dogs and it’s required, but I would have thought twice about it otherwise.

Esther Leon


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