From the Thursday, July 23, 1914, issue of the High Point Review
Kinston—When would a rat dog be a rat dog? Is a question that the local police are not willing to debate. A suggestion that rat-catching dogs be exempted from taxation has met with prompt protect from the officers, who are now taking toll at the rate of $1 a head on the canine population of Kinston, which numbers about 350 outside of the canine tax-dodgers. If the rat destroyers were exempted, a statement from police headquarters says, there would be innumerable rat dogs.