Colbert County Animal Control Proposes Pet Licensing Fee

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A struggling Shoals animal shelter is trying to raise funds to keep the facility operating.

The Colbert County Animal Control director wants to charge animal owners a pet licensing fee, with revenue going to help pay the bills.

It could soon cost more than the adoption fee to take give this dog its forever home.

Colbert County Animal Control director Tommy Morson says, a pet licensing fee would help the shelter’s bottom line.

“It’s an emergency,” said Morson.

Morson plans to take his proposal to the Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals city councils.

“They are all aware of the financial situation and they know something must be done for more money for the shelter and this is the only feasible way I see doing it without going to each individual,” said Morson.

If the proposal gets passed into city ordinance, the fees would be:

$10.00/year for a spayed or neutered cat or dog
$25.00/year for an unaltered animal

Senior citizen fee:
$5.00/year for a spayed or neutered cat or dog
$15.00/year for a pet that is not spayed or neutered

Lifetime fee:
$60.00/year for a spayed or neutered cat or dog
$150.00/year for a pet that is not spayed or neutered

Senior citizen lifetime fee:
$45.00/year for a spayed or neutered cat or dog

Morson says the initial revenue boost would be around $90,000. Plus the extra funds every time someone gets a new pet, or when a pet license must be renewed.

“A lot of people feel like it`s a tax on them because they own animals but again in reality, it`s the animal owner that`s creating the problem,” said Morson.

Morson says if the cities don’t step up to pass this proposal he must consider other  money making alternatives, that would affect every citizen, whether they own a pet or not.



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