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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,"
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.