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Kendall hikes fee on non-neutered pets

Updated: October 21, 2012 2:28PM

YORKVILLE – In an effort to encourage more spaying and neutering of pets, the Kendall County Board has increased the annual pet tag for people whose pets are not spayed or neutered.

Board members voted this week to add $5 to the annual rabies registration for pets considered “intact.” The fee already was higher than for those whose pets that are spayed or neutered.

It now will cost someone with an intact animal $25 to get the annual rabies registration tag, instead of $20. It will continue to cost people with spayed or neutered animals $10 for the yearly tag.

“Much as I love this job, I would be glad when it is no longer necessary,” said Anna Payton, Animal Control warden. “If every pet got spayed or neutered, eventually we wouldn’t need Animal Control.”

Payton pointed out that not only does spaying and neutering keep the population down, it keeps animals better behaved.

“Almost all of the animals we have problems with are intact,” she said.

Payton said the additional money will go toward establishing a program to help low-income people get pets spayed or neutered. She said while Animal Control has the authority to do such a program, it does not have the funding.

Board member Robert Davidson said he has seen Animal Control over the last couple of years become so much better at managing its money that it should have money without an increase.

“I have a hard time raising any fees at this time,” he said. “We’re supposed to charge what it takes us to run a service, not make a profit.”

Board member Jesse Hafenrichter said she felt that way, too, and she opposed the original proposed increase of $10.

“But I agreed with $5 because it’s the ones that are not altered that cause the trouble,” she said. “So it would be an inducement.”

Board Chairman John Purcell said while he could see Davidson’s point, he could support the increase because the Animal Control “staff has done a great job.”

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