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Supervisors OK Hike in Fees for Pets

July 23, 2003

It's going to cost a little more to own a dog in Orange County following a series of animal control fee increases approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The board authorized the county Health Care Agency to increase the annual dog license fees from $15 to $18 for neutered or spayed dogs, a 20% increase, and from $49 to $62 for dogs that have not been fixed, a 27% hike.

The county provides animal control services in 22 cities and issues about 140,000 dog licenses a year. The new fees will increase animal control revenues by an estimated $924,000 each year, officials said.

The county is also raising fees it charges for owners to retrieve pets impounded by animal control officers. Owners will have to pay $87 the first time their animal is impounded, a $7 increase. A second incident will cost $102, up from $95. The new fees take effect Aug. 1.

County animal control is funded by county and city revenues and fees to pet owners.

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