In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Jan. 5, 1912

If Fido has any friends, now is the time for them to come to the front. Dog tags have arrived, and the City Collector yesterday began dispensing them. Within two or three days, the dog catcher will begin making his rounds.

This seems to be an unseasonable period of the year for the annual assault upon the dog population. Almost everywhere else the slaughter takes place in the summer time when popular fallacy holds the dog to be more dangerous.

But from time immemorial, ever since the regulation of dogs was instituted in Tucson, the open season has begun soon after the glad New Year.

About six hundred tags were disposed of last year, but not quite so many as the year before, a falling off due rather to the delinquency of the dog catcher than to an alarming decrease of the dog population.

Casual estimators of dogs this year think there ought to be something like ten thousand sold.

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