The number of licensed pets has increased in Jackson County because of an ordinance that makes it mandatory for veterinarians to report dog rabies shots.
Animal Control sold 14,718 dog licenses in 2013, up 16 percent from the year before. Officials in the southern Oregon county estimate they'll sell 18,000 this year.
The Mail Tribune newspaper reports (http://is.gd/KE7y0S ) the county passed the licensing ordinance to collect more money and give loose animals a better chance of being returned to owners.
Veterinarians must report vaccinations within 60 days. Owners of unlicensed dogs are then sent a letter with a license application by the county.
Similar mandatory reporting laws exist in Klamath, Lane and Multnomah counties.
Oregon law requires all dogs older than 6 months to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies.