Last updated: June 14. 2014 10:10PM - 1021 Views
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The Larksville police will introduce a new program to help track and identify pets.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 6 and 7 residents can bring their dogs to the police department to be photographed for a $10 fee. Police will include three photos in a computer database with the owners name, address and phone number. A photo album with the information also will be placed in each department vehicle for officers to reference in the event of an emergency or a dog running loose.

Police will be able to contact the owner to come and retrieve the dog, rather than putting an officer or a resident in harm’s way by attempting to capture a frightened animal.

Police recommend that residents take advantage of this program, especially people that own breeds of dogs with reputations for aggressive behavior and/or dogs with a history of getting out of fenced in yards.

After the initial start up weekend, police will offer dates on a quarterly basis for residents to add additional pet photographs to the database. Residents can also submit their own photos on a digital media storage device such as a thumb drive. Because of it is a new program, police ask residents to be patient while the department works through any issues that may arise.

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