[ SHOWGSD-L ] Fw: NC: Guilford County proposed animal ordinance changes

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  • Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 11:23:17 -0400


 Ginger Cleary,Rome, GA  ww.rihadin.com
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From: Susan Wolf=20
Sent: Jun 30, 2007 11:00 AM=20
To: Susan Wolf=20
Subject: NC: Guilford County proposed animal ordinance changes=20
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 T oday's story below from the most current meeting; previously =
discussed items of MSN and some form of breeder permitting have been =
removed from the latest set of ideas.  Differential licensing, kennel =
licensing, database remain as considerations =E2=80=93 applying to dogs =
and cats.  Comments can be posted on this article. Please help with =
comments opposing licensing. We need to continue knocking this proposed =
ordinance change down.=20
  Susan Wolf
NCRAOA
www.ncraoa.com

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Article published Jun 30, 2007
 Pet owners clash over fees
 By Nate DeGraff=20
Staff Writer=20
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GREENSBORO =E2=80=94 A Guilford County pet license program would =
encourage responsible pet ownership and strengthen enforcement of animal =
laws.
Or it would impose a needless tax on law-abiding residents.
It depends whom you ask.
 Both sides spoke up Friday during a spirited two-hour public forum on =
plans to charge residents $10 to $20 annually to own a dog or cat.=20
 Health officials want the county commissioners to vote on the proposal =
this year, but governing bodies of all cities and towns must sign off =
for it to take effect countywide.
 "To put taxes on me, I think, is totally unfair," said Christina =
Hedrick, who says she sterilizes and vaccinates all the animals at her =
Summerfield pug-rescue group. And, she added, "Is animal control going =
to be able to enforce it?"
 Critics said that since tens of thousands of dogs and cats here aren't =
vaccinated for rabies =E2=80=94 a violation of state law =E2=80=94 it's =
unlikely those pet owners would fork over $20 for a license.
 That means responsible pet owners would pay, but people causing =
problems wouldn't, critics said.
 "The people in this room are going to be the people that are going to =
have the licenses," said Connie Alexander, a dog owner and breeder who =
lives near Oak Ridge.
 Plans for the licenses come as Guilford County considers changes to its =
12-year-old animal-control ordinance.=20
 Last year, Guilford recorded 37 rabies cases =E2=80=94 the most in the =
state =E2=80=94 and the licensing plan would force owners to vaccinate =
pets before buying a license.
 The plan is also designed to encourage spaying and neutering by =
charging residents $15 for fixed pets and $20 for fertile ones.=20
 If the animal has a microchip or tattoo marking, which can help =
authorities identify lost pets, the prices go down another $5.
 The proposal makes exceptions for breeders, hunters and show-pet =
owners.=20
 They would be charged $10 per animal, up to a maximum of $100.
 Some of the estimated $500,000 in licensing revenues could be spent on =
more animal-control officers who could help enforce the county's pet =
laws, health officials said.=20
 If that's where the money goes, "then I'm all for it," said Linda =
Stanton of Whitsett, who has 12 dogs and cats.=20
 BB Knowles, president of N.C. Voters for Animal Welfare, likened the =
fees to taxes on clothes or cars.
 "What's the difference?" she said after the meeting. "If it's going to =
be property, by God, you pay property taxes on it."
 Many questions about the pet tax remain unanswered. Among them are =
concerns about a database maintained by a private company that could run =
the program.=20
 Some of the 50 or so people who attended the forum worried about their =
names and addresses falling into the wrong hands.
 "If they don't want to go in that direction," said Alyson Best, who =
manages the county's animal-control division, "it's their prerogative, =
of course."
 Contact Nate DeGraff at 373-7024 or ndegraff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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