The Dog Warden is Coming for You
I saw this yesterday and thought it was an April Fool’s joke. But apparently it isn’t. The “dog wardens” of PA are going “to check homes in Bucks, Montgomery counties in April for valid dog licenses, vaccinations ….”
As a libertarian there are all sorts of licensing laws to which I am, in principle, opposed. But I understand we don’t live in libertarian utopia. I am sure there is a libertarian case to be made against the licensing of automobiles, something I am completely uninterested in making.
I have more of a problem on privacy grounds with this.
If we are going to have these licenses, like for a car, it makes more sense that authorities would only be able to enforce it if the dog is “in public.” I can keep an unlicensed car on my property. I only risk trouble when I drive it off my property.
So if I am walking my dog, or take it to a dog park, or PetSmart, fine, check for the license then. However, if the dog warden knocks on my door to check to see if my dog is licensed, I think I have every right to say “get the hell off my property,” without suffering any penalty (fines and court costs).