Swiss Village: Pay Dog Tax, or We Kill Fido That's one way to get residents to pay... By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 12, 2011 9:15 AM CST 14 comments Comments One Swiss village found a way to get residents to pay their dog taxes: Kill the dogs if they don't. (?Tobyotter) (Newser) – Don’t want to pay your dog tax? Then your dog will be executed—at least, that’s how one Swiss village is handling the problem. A Reconvilier official says the town—population 2,245 humans, 280 canines—can legally kill a dog if its owner doesn’t cough up the $50 annual tax, thanks to a 1904 law. "This isn't about a mass execution of dogs," he tells the AP. "It's meant to put pressure on people who don't cooperate."