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City of Dubuque Will Keep Pet License Requirement

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Dubuque County Supervisors dropped it's pet license requirement from their animal control and rabies ordinance Monday night. But the City of Dubuque still requires pet owners to license their dogs and cats.

Annual license fees cost $12 for spayed or neutered dogs and cats. It costs $30 for animals who aren't fixed. Owners who don't renew are charged a $10 delinquency fee.

Among the dog owners talked to at Dubuque's dog park on Wednesday, about half of them said their dogs are up-to-date with vaccines. But they admit they don't buy a city license for their pet. The other half here make it a priority.

City leaders say about 60 percent of all Dubuque pet owners don't license their dogs. Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan said that's risky. "Perhaps the animal is unknown or not properly identified. There's no way for us to know whether or not that vaccination occurred." Corrigan said.

In order to get a license a pet must have the rabies vaccination.

In 2012 the city collected a little more than $100,000 in licensing fees.
That's money they use to support the city's animal control department.

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