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Florence to institute voluntary pet license program

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Owners of unlicensed pets taken to the shelter will have to pay a fine plus get the pet licensed. Owners of unlicensed pets taken to the shelter will have to pay a fine plus get the pet licensed.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The City of Florence has adopted a pet licensing program to help control the pet population.

Starting Jan. 1, Florence residents are being asked to voluntarily pay a pet fee if they have a dog or cat.

Volunteers at the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter see an overcrowding of dogs and cats on a daily basis. Officials feel most of the overpopulation is caused by pet owners not having their four-legged friends spayed or neutered.

Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said there won't be a way to proactively enforce this ordinance but said there will be consequences if you are caught without a pet license for your animal.

"If you're a pet owner and your dog or cat gets out and brought to the shelter by an animal control officer at that time when you come to pick up that animal, you'll have to pay the recovery fee to get it out. We'll also require you at that time to purchase the pet license," said Tyler.

The fees are set up as follows:

 

  • If you choose not to spay/neuter your animals, you are asked to pay a $35 annual fee per pet
  • If you do have your pets spayed/neutered, you can pay $10/year or $35/lifetime per pet
  • Seniors 65+ can pay $2/year or $7/lifetime per pet 

 

City officials are working with local vets to establish a way for owners to purchase their licenses.

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