PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Many dog owners in Ottawa County aren't following a state law, which requires pets to be registered. County leaders estimate that there are now more people who don't register their dogs than do and that costs Ottawa County hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Bruce Tedeschi says getting his dog, Missy, licensed is costly and not a top priority, "Underneath the gas bill, the light bill, the food bill."
Tedeschi is not alone. Ottawa County leaders estimate that up to 70% of dogs are not registered.
"There's probably $250,000 or more that the county could collect," says Brad Slagh, Ottawa County Treasurer.
The state requires dogs to be registered and have rabies vaccinations at least every three years.
"I would feel better to know more people did it, just to know their dogs have all the vaccinations required," says dog owner, Nathan Rosenbaum.