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Jump in dog license fees draws complaints about cats

By Associated Press


LIHUE » Kauai County has approved a hefty fee increase for dog licenses, and dog owners are wondering why people with cats have not been asked to help pay the cost of animal control.

The Council on Wednesday increased the price of a two-year license for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered to $50 from $6, an increase of more than 800 percent.

A two-year license for altered dogs was increased to $15 from $2.

The Council has been trying to close a gap between the money it provides to the Kauai Humane Society for animal control services and the nonprofit group's expenses, The Garden Island reported. The Humane Society annually spends about $1.1 million, or $300,000 more than what the county provides.

"They have been coming here and telling us for about five or four years that their fundraising is subsidizing county-contracted operations," Councilman Tim Bynum said. "And in those years they didn't receive any increases. We basically said, ‘Thank you very much.'"

Society Director Penny Cistaro said after the vote that the increase is reasonable. The new fees are projected to bring in about $170,000, she said.

Fees for hunting dogs also will go up, but hunters will continue to receive a break. They will pay $15 for their first dog and $7 for each additional dog, even if the dog has not been spayed or neutered. Hunters provide a community service by controlling the feral pig population, Bynum said.

Opponents of the measure said it discriminates against dog owners. The Humane Society spends $366,000 annually on cats, but owners pay no fees.

Councilwoman JoAnn Yuki­mura said she will introduce a bill to set license fees for cats.

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Larry01 wrote:
Cat owners have been discriminated against by dog owners for years. Whenever there's a dog vs. a cat, who's the aggressor? Try taking a cat out in public, it would get assaulted by all the dogs that their owners feel intitled to take everywhere - the mall, the park, the grocery store, even. There are "dog parks" paid for with our tax money, but no such thing for cats - they don't need them, but everyone else still has to subsidize the dogs.
on September 13,2013 | 07:35AM
false wrote:
Try taking a cat out in public? I've yet to see a cat on a leash in public. Nah, the cat owner just lets tabby run loose at all hours of the day and night.
on September 13,2013 | 05:30PM
localguy wrote:
Typical of a Nei bureaucrat kow towing to a special interest group, Kauai County Councilwoman wants to license cats. Really? Is this the best you can do? Why not do the job you were elected to and work to cut fraud, abuse, waste from government expenses? Why not lead by example and reform government pensions, wages and bennies, the area with the most abuse? Why? Because this would be real work, something most bureaucrats are incapable of doing, only thinking about #1. Recommend the councilwoman review sites like the one below before she does something the entire world will be laughing at, license for cats. Do your due diligence and find out why dogs are licensed in ever state, only one has the requirement for cats. Perhaps the other 48 states all know something you don't. http://animallaw.info/articles/dduscats.htm
on September 13,2013 | 10:55AM
buttery wrote:
People don't like taxes raised, so government raises user fees. This fee doesn't come close to paying for food or Vet bill.
on September 13,2013 | 03:25PM
scooters wrote:
No matter what island, cat owners should be paying the same charges for their cats as us dog owners. Plus ,cats need to be controlled by the owner and not allowed to roam free in the neighborhood. I'm tired of my neighbors cat craping in my yard. I'll be getting a cat trap soon, that'll solve the problem.
on September 13,2013 | 09:44PM
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