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Charge dropped for woman jailed for not renewing dog license

In this Thursday, July 2, 2015 photo, Becky Rehr pets her dog, Dexter, in Cooper Township, Mich. Rehr says she's no longer facing a misdemeanor charge after being arrested for failing to renew her dog's license. (Crystal Vander Weit/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)n

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman says she’s no longer facing a misdemeanor after being arrested for failing to renew a license for her dog.

Becky Rehr says she drove to the Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office on June 23 to prove she’d renewed the license for the family’s 11-year-old dog, Dexter.

She was then arrested, fingerprinted and held for three hours as her 14-year-old daughter waited in the car.

Rehr told the Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1S5mvM6 ) the charge was dismissed at prosecutors’ request Monday.

County animal control officials say Rehr, of Cooper Township, was given numerous mail, phone and in-person warnings after Dexter’s license expired March 1. The last phone call warned that a warrant would be requested unless she got a $10 license by May 28.

Michigan law requires that dogs be licensed.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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