Matt Townshend goes to jail because he didn't buy a dog license

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There are a lot of unlikely offenses that can land a person in jail -- like, for instance, referring to one of your college professors as "Junius Puke" online. But did you know that failing to buy a license for your dog could also win you a room in the Crossbar Hotel?

Matt Townshend didn't -- until he found himself in a holding cell.

CBS4 reports that Townshend, who lives in unincorporated Jefferson County, received a $50 fine after Wolfie, which he describes as a service dog for his autistic daughter, got loose and was discovered to be license-free.

Townshend didn't bother paying this sum or getting Wolfie in good graces with the law -- a fact that was discovered by authorities when deputies showed up at his place to repossess some furniture. At that point, they proceeded to repossess him, more or less, taking him into custody and holding him for seven hours before releasing him.

This stint in stir apparently didn't scare Townshend into getting square with Jefferson County. He's fighting the ticket, as well as another one given to his wife, April Mearsha -- the second one for a hundred bucks.

At this point, Jefferson County doesn't appear to be backing down. And while Jeffco sheriff's office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley tells the station that deputies won't be showing up at dog-license-scofflaws' homes anytime soon, she notes that if they're busted for something else, they could wind up in the same situation as Townshend -- aka the county's doghouse.

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Who the hell has the repo man with sheriff's deputies show up to take the furniture ? This loser obviously doesn't pay any of his responsibilities, tag or otherwise. (or bother to return it when he doesn't pay)


Wow. I can undstand. But. Really jai. What abut perverts they are the ones that need jail time also killers. Get off. Baby kilers.


From the behavior exhibited by the dog (and owner), that dog is nowhere near a properly trained service dog for any situation. Regardless of the circumstances.....the solution is simple: License the dog. Period. End of story.Or is that too simple?

Both my wifes guide dog and the guide pup we are raising have their licenses, even though they are exempt from the fees charged.

Just license the dog.


Colo. Statute 24-34-803 (1995) No license fee may be levied (against service animals)


They should have just taken the dog in to custody, sounds like it would be for his own good.


Service animals must be obtained from a reputable Service dog training agency in order to qualify, not just any mutt from the pound.


@ adarc: Whose to say that this dog didn't? And yes... Any mutt can qualify with the right training and certification (American Service Dog Association). 

@ mariahleadme: there are different qualifications for different people and their specific issues. besides, we don't know the circumstances of exactly what happened. the language is pretty vague.

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