The fees on the past-due bills are to
be paid at the Logan County treasurer's office, and the offer
extends from Feb. 1 to April 1. Those who don't pay will be looking
at a court date for the violation. Uncollected bills will be turned
over to the state's attorney for prosecution.
Dog owners will find it much more
convenient to pay annual license fees this year. Veterinarian
offices are now issuing rabies tags and collecting the fees. It is
hoped that this service will help reduce unpaid registrations.
Patrick O'Neill, chairman of the
county's animal control committee, said that there is $10,000 to
$12,000 in unpaid fees. The county hopes to recover some of this
amount by making the special offer. The money will be helpful in
caring for the homeless pets in the shelter.
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The animal control shelter is still
running with a reduced staff and modified hours due to increased
animal population and thereby increased costs. The facility now
opens at 10 a.m. rather than 8 a.m. to allow staff time to care for
the animals and clean.
The shelter had many successes in the
last year. It has been at maximum capacity most of the time. More
people have brought their pets in than used to. This sometimes means
the animals don't get dumped.
receiving more animals, 81 percent fewer were put down and there was
a 38 percent rise in adoptions.