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Feb 14, 2012 12:44 PM by Matt Stafford

Colo. man jailed for failure to have dog license

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A suburban Denver couple is fighting fines after the husband was jailed for failure to get a license for his daughter's service dog.

Authorities say another 50 people in Jefferson County could face the same fate.

Matthew Townsend says he spent seven hours in jail after the dog got out and he was issued a $50 ticket. Townsend ignored the ticket and was arrested. His wife was fined $100.

Last year, the county issued nearly 500 citations for violations.

A Denver TV station reports the county needs the money to pay for a new $10 million Foothills Animal Shelter.

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