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Salt Lake County reminds residents to register livestock

LeRell Barnson of Junction puts a lead on a horse he just bought during the final day of business at the Utah Livestock Auction in Spanish Fork Saturday, May 3, 2008.
LeRell Barnson of Junction puts a lead on a horse he just bought during the final day of business at the Utah Livestock Auction in Spanish Fork Saturday, May 3, 2008.
Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives

SALT LAKE CITY — Do you have an evacuation plan for your horse or livestock? Have you registered them with Salt Lake County Animal Services?

The department offers a free and quick registration process that not only enables officers to locate and notify residents of stray livestock without impounding and transporting those animals, they also will receive priority during emergency evacuations, such as fires or floods.

Registrations are filed by location or address with the county. When officers are notified of loose livestock, they will compare the description given with livestock registered in that area. When a match is discovered, the owner is called and notified.

Prompt “roundup” of stray livestock prevents injury to the animals or people, and damage to property — all of which the owner is legally and financially responsible for. It also may eliminate or reduce charges for costs incurred during handling of animals.

To get an application or find out more, contact Salt Lake County Animal Control officer Michelle Jones at mjones@slco.org. For more information or questions, visit AdoptUtahPets.com, call at 385-468-7387 or stop by the office at 511 W. 3900 South.