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Salem City Council to Consider Dog License Fee Increase

The Salem City Council will vote on an amendment to the city's dog license ordinance Thursday night.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

Dog owners in Salem may soon have to pay a little more for their annual dog licenses. 

Salem city councilors will consider an amendment to the city's ordinance pertaining to dog licenses at their meeting at City Hall Thursday night, according to the posted agenda.

The proposed amendment, presented by Ward 2 Councilor Michael Sosnowski, calls for raising the annual fee for a dog license from $10 to $15 for the owners of non-neutered and non-spayed dogs.

Licenses for neutered and spayed dogs will continue to be $10 per year - though proof that they have been neutered or spayed will be required.

Check the Salem Patch Facebook page for updates from the meeting Thursday night.

What do you think about the proposed amendment?

Let us know in the comments section below.

If you have any questions about getting a dog license, or if you are unsure about your dogs current rabies vaccination expiration date, call the City Clerk's Office at (978) 745-9595 ext. 5611.
windpower December 04, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Sure why not ? Everything else is goin up .And let's have the city recycle czar issue official city poop bags .
marsille December 04, 2013 at 09:32 AM
I agree with the increase. Not only is it lower than other cities buy hopefully it will encourage people to spay and neuter their dogs. No one ever considers the cost to the community of unwanted animals caused by a failure to spay and neuter .
pk December 04, 2013 at 09:33 AM
The fee for licensing a non-neutered dog should be $1000. All money used for animal rescue. Make the people who help create the overpopulation problem pay for the solution.
Nancy Gilberg December 04, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I'm opposed to having two different licensing fees. Some responsible dog owners are now choosing to not spay/neuter or to delay the surgery because they feel there is increased health benefit to the dog by doing so. My choice would be raise the fee for all or for none. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/09/06/one-two-possible-reasons-dogs-live-longer-in-europe.aspx
john December 04, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Raising a fee for no reason?
Adele Maestranzi December 04, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I asked my dogs, Lily and Oliver, and they said that the fee for "un-fixed" dogs should go up to $100. I believe that they are right!
Steve December 04, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Maybe they could make a tax for cats instead. I don't like cats.
Mark Wyman December 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
My dog is a Roman Catholic and the Catholic Church forbids birth control. Passing this law violates my dogs First Amendment right to freedom of religion. If the city goes ahead with this I will be forced to contact the ACLU.
Steve December 04, 2013 at 09:55 PM
It would be good if the price for a dog was by the pound. People with little dogs shouldn't have to pay as much as someone with a big one.
melas December 05, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Should be like this: Barking dog owners fined $70 for each complaint. Dog waste not picked up, $100 fine. Dog scares jogger (even though"he doesn't bite") $200 assault fee.
Edward December 05, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Surprised no one has mentioned this in the comments yet... It was the animal control officer's daughter, who knocked out Councillor Sosnowski in the election last month. Coincidence?

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