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Florence Residents Could See Pet License Fee

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A first of its kind pet license fee for home owners is inching closer and closer to becoming a reality in the city of Florence.

City leaders say the fee is not to being used as a revenue stream for animal control, but more of a reward for some.

On any given day, people can walk into the Florence Animal Shelter and see dozens of dogs and cats up for adoption.

In recent years animal control leaders have made a concerted effort to adopt as many animals as possible.

“We just want to continue to reduce the number of animals that we have to put down in our shelter,” explained Chief Ron Tyler. “In our community, this day and age, 3,500 a year is just to many.”

In order to sustain the ‘low kill’ shelter concept, Florence Police Chief and Supervisor of Animal Control Ron Tyler wants to institute a pet fee for animal owners in the city.

The goal of the fee is to encourage owners to have their pet spayed or neutered, costing pet owners less money for the fee per year.

“The motivation is not to generate revenue, the motivation behind it is to promote awareness for the spay and neuter initiative,” said Tyler.

As proposed, pet owners who have had their animals fixed would pay $10 per year.

For animals that have not been spayed or neutered, owners would have to shell out $35 per year.   

Chief Tyler hopes the fee would cut down on unwanted pets inside the city, by holding the owners of the animals responsible.

Right now the pet fee proposal is in the Florence City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

The ordinance will have to go through public hearings before the city council can consider passing it into law.