PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County is considering a mandatory feline fee. Pasco County Animal Services is proposing an annual $5 fee per cat.
“Even though we don’t have a leash law here in Pasco County for cats, it will help us ensure compliance with rabies vaccination, which is state law,” said Dave Paloff with Pasco County Animal Services.
Paloff said money from the license fee would also be used to help pay for a capture and release spay and neuter program for feral cats in the county.
The program is currently paid for in part by the unaltered dog license program, but Paloff says those funds are diminishing. Paloff also said animal control officers in the field and veterinarians in the county will help ensure compliance.
Cat owner Cathy Kravcenko isn’t so sure it will work. “Most people, if their cats are in the house, who’s going to even know that they have a cat to even pay for that $5?” Kravcenko said.
Dog owner Ron Mooneyhan would like to see money raised from the program help all animals in the county. “If the extra money would help them delay the euthanasia of an animal then I’d be all for it,” Mooneyhan said.
The Pasco County commission will consider the proposal at its next meeting in June.
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