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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pay Your Taxes or We'll Kill Your Dog

Time Magazine, Swiss Village to Dog Owners: Pay Your Taxes, or Poochie Dies:

The taxman has never been a popular figure anywhere. But in the tiny Swiss village of Reconvilier, that functionary has assumed the even more detestable profile as the guy who'll waste your dog if you don't cough up what you owe.

Pierre-Alain Némitz said he's been overwhelmed by insults and threats since the Reconvilier municipal council he heads informed residents in late December they risked seeing their dogs killed if they don't pay the $48.50 annual tax the village levies per pooch.

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Don't we do the same thing in many US jurisdictions? For example, WV Code s. 19-20-2 provides, relevantly:

It shall be the duty of the county assessor and his or her deputies of each county within this state...to assess and collect a head tax of three dollars on each dog, male or female; and in addition to the above, the assessor and his or her deputies shall have the further duty of collecting any such head tax on dogs as may be levied by the ordinances of each and every municipality within the county....In the event that the owner...shall refuse or fail to pay such tax...then such assessor or deputy assessor shall certify such tax to the county dog warden...who shall take charge of the dog for which the tax is delinquent...In case the tax and impounding charge herein provided for shall not have been paid within the period of fifteen days, then the sheriff may sell the impounded dog...Should the sheriff fail to sell the dog so impounded within the time specified herein, he or she shall kill such dog and dispose of its body.

Posted by: US Law | Jan 12, 2011 6:51:35 AM

Michael Vick for Tax Collector!!

This tax penalty reminds me of an old magazine cover from the past: National Lampoon

Posted by: Woody | Jan 12, 2011 9:13:46 AM

I hope this guy is being told in no uncertain terms that he'll be dead before any dog is. I'd waste the SOB first.

Posted by: j r | Jan 12, 2011 11:25:53 AM

As usual, the National Lampoon got there first. See here: http://bit.ly/ifhDxi

Posted by: Stuart Levine | Jan 12, 2011 12:29:30 PM