Duluth Pet Owners Required to License Their Animals

By KBJR News 1

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The city passed a resolution that would require pet owners to license their animals.

The resolution passed six to three with councilors Jay Fosle, Jennifer Julsrude and Garry Krause in opposition.

The resolution requires dog and cat owners to pay an annual or a lifetime licensing fee.

The ordinance also requires the dog or cat to be vaccinated for rabies and be spayed or neutered.

The resolution was brought forward by councilor Jim Stauber.

He indicated there would be benefits for people who do license their pets.

However, some councilors said they are concerned about the animal shelters.

"I would be worried about the shelter being overflow. Because if you are going to take these animals in and there are people who don't have the money to go pay 500 dollars or 350 for the animal to stay there and then the animal is going to go up to animal allies and then they are going to have an overflow of animals going on," said Councilor Fosle.

The fees and fines will go to a fund animal shelters which councilors say are in dire need of the money.

The resolution amending the ordinance will go into affect in December.

The fee for a fixed pet would be $10 a year or a one–time fee of $60 for the lifetime of the pet.

If the animal is not fixed, an annual fee of $25 or a one time fee of $75 for the life of the pet.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.