MABTON - Mabton’s canine residents may soon be finding that the doggie jail is a lot further from home. In the past, impounded dogs have been housed at the city cemetery, but that arrangement has proven to be unsatisfactory, according to Mabton city officials.
Pet owners have been known to simply make jail breaks to recover their animals, explained Mayor Angel Reyna.
Tuesday night, the Mabton City Council decided to transfer impounded dogs to the Yakima Humane Society in Union Gap as part of a city-wide “dog license round-up.”
The purpose of making it more difficult for pet owners to recover their animals is to encourage the residents to properly license their animals, Reyna added.
The date of the round-up has not been announced, but all dogs without licenses will be taking a trip to Yakima, thanks to an agreement with the both the Yakima Humane Society and the Seattle chapter.
The Yakima Humane Society has signed an agreement to send up to 20 dogs at a time to the Seattle facility, leaving space at the Union Gap facility for the Mabton canines, explained Mabton City Clerk/Treasurer Ret Stewart.
In order for pet owners to reclaim their unlicensed dog, the owners must purchase a Mabton city dog license, show proof of rabies vaccination and pay an additional charge for having the dog housed in Union Gap, Stewart said.
Currently the Mabton dog license fee is $25 for unspayed and unneutered animals and $10 for spayed and neutered animals.
Impounded dogs captured in the normal order of patrols will be held for three days by the city, as in the past. But during round-ups, the dogs will be held an additional three days, and run the risk of being shipped to Seattle.