Florence’s Pet License Program Delayed Until May

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Last month, the city of Florence approved a new pet license program. It requires pet owners to pay a fee for their dogs or cats.

The program will charge unaltered dog and cat owners an annual fee of $35. If residents already own an altered dog or cat, they will have to pay a one-time $35 lifetime fee or a $10 yearly fee. Residents over the age of 65 with altered pets have the option of paying a one-time fee of $7 or an annual $2 fee.

“We need some extra time to get the database together and get the tags in both the annual and lifetime tags,” said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler. “It’s a good opportunity for us to allow the community to get accustomed to what’s in the pet license and gives us a little more preparation time to get ready to implement the license.”

Even though the program is voluntary, Tyler says the goal is for every pet owner to purchase the license.

“If you have an objection at all, don’t purchase the license. The only reason you will be required to purchase the license will be your animal gets picked up by an animal control officer and is carried down to the animal control shelter,” said Tyler.

Licenses can be purchased starting May 1st.


  • ram

    While I think it is great to have pets licensed, I can’t see how voluntary programs will get much participation. I know people who have many animals and let them continue to breed, so the area gets overrun by the poor animals. They need to fix the animals and I can see making them pay more for those they don’t, but they sure aren’t going to participate at all. Saying anything is required makes no sense since it isn’t required.

  • Karinttt

    Yes, I don’t know why it isn’t required. And I also don’t understand why the county doesn’t have every vet report pets to a data base and require either neutering or higher license fees. And, if anyone who sold or gave away a pet had to report to a data base the owner’s name and address, then they could also use that data base to gather fees. There also ought to be a “litter” fee… There also should be a fine for a dog running loose, at least by the second time… And there ought to be a law that if your dog is running loose and is hostile towards people, you get fined heftily and can be prosecuted for attacks. And you should have to prove that you can keep them contained…and barking dogs – I mean, barking all day long dogs…. I could go on and on…and I did!

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