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Kane may hike fees on non-neutered pets

Updated: October 10, 2012 6:14AM

Registration fees might be going up for some Kane County pet owners.

The County Board on Tuesday will consider increasing the registration fee for dogs and cats that are not spayed or neutered. Currently there is one flat fee for registration, whether pets are neutered or not.

The board will discuss creating a $10 annual registration for a spayed or neutered animal, and a $25 fee for an animal that is not spayed or neutered. A three-year registration on a spayed or neutered animal would be $25 — but $50 for an animal that is not.

A recent change in state law aiming to increase the number of spayed and neutered animals allows the county to create separate pricing for pets that are not spayed or neutered.

Board member Cathy Hurlbut, R-Elgin, said she has questions about the change that she hopes to have answered at the upcoming board meeting.

“I’m not sure why there’s such an inequity,” she said.

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