Updated: 01/17/2014 6:55 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 5:27 PM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
Two weeks into the new year the City of Duluth is trying to cope with a massive pile of pet license applications. With new rules in place, failing to get one could cost you big bucks.
"I'm trying to process them as fast as I can but I'm only one person and I've got a new data system so bear with me please," Julie Mockler, an information technician with the city, said.
Mockler is working full time processing three boxes of applications filling the drawer of a filing cabinet. "We probably actually do have more licenses than we've had in the past."
The city didn't have numbers available to make a comparison to other years. However, in 2012, we reported that only 10 percent of Duluth animals were licensed.
New pet licensing rules took effect in December. Under those rules, if your pet is vaccinated, and spayed or neutered, a license will set you back $10 per year. If your pet isn't fixed, it'll cost you $75. There’s also a lifetime license option available for $60 as long as you follow the city guidelines.
Carrie Lane, the lead worker at the Duluth Animal Shelter, said "we've had people actually work with us to get their animals spayed or neutered so they can get the lower license fee."
Getting more animals fixed is the goal, but Lane said there's another purpose. "We're hoping to add staff at the shelter and we're hoping to upgrade facilities too."
The upgrades would be paid for with new revenue from license fees and fines.
If your cat or dog isn’t licensed and ends up in the pound, you likely won’t be leaving until after you’ve written a check for hundreds of dollars.
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