Charge dropped for woman arrested for not renewing license for her dog

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By: Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman says she’s no longer facing a misdemeanor after being arrested for failing to renew a license for her dog.

Becky Rehr says she drove to the Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office on June 23 to prove she’d renewed the license for the family’s 11-year-old dog, Dexter.

She was then arrested, fingerprinted and held for three hours as her 14-year-old daughter waited in the car.

Rehr told the Kalamazoo Gazette the charge was dismissed at prosecutors’ request Monday.

County animal control officials say Rehr, of Cooper Township, was given numerous mail, phone and in-person warnings after Dexter’s license expired March 1. The last phone call warned that a warrant would be requested unless she got a $10 license by May 28.

Michigan law requires that dogs be licensed.