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[FEB. 4, 2004]  Today is the beginning of your opportunity pay up if you still owe fees or fines to Logan County Animal Control. Amnesty letters went out late last month to pet owners who are delinquent in paying their registration fees and fines. The offer knocks off added penalties if the original amounts are paid.

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.

Despite receiving more animals, 81 percent fewer were put down and there was a 38 percent rise in adoptions.

[Jan Youngquist]

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