GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some say it violates privacy rights, but Ottawa County leaders say they're moving forward with a "dog census" to protect the public from animals with disease.
Several county-paid interns are going door-to-door to get dog owners to register their pets and help the county collect tens of thousands of dollars that are owed. They also look out for barking dogs at homes that don't have registered animals.
"We listen for the dogs, if there's no one home, and make a note of that," says Shannon Felgner, an Ottawa County spokeswoman.
Then, the county crew leaves a pamphlet on how to register and the related fees. The idea is getting mixed reaction from residents.
"If people have dogs, they need to take care of them, and I think it's a good thing for the county to do," says one man.
"It's annoying, but as long as you know who it is, it's not somebody trying to sell you something," says another lady.