Grass Valley’s fur babies, a vital part of many Foothills families, will now cost a little more to maintain, as a recently enacted law requires towns to comply with new regulations.
Senate Bill 573 went into effect earlier this year. This requires the implantation of a microchip in dogs and cats containing the pet owners’ information. This must be done before an animal can be released from an animal control agency, public or private shelter.
The bill’s author, former state senator Ling Ling Chang, said, “Our pets are part of our family and it’s heartbreaking to see how many photos of lost pets are posted on social networks. social each week.
The cost of the microchip is $15.
“We are looking to pass them on so we can collect enough to continue the process,” City Manager Tim Kiser said at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Other increases are also in preparation.
The fee to return an unmodified dog would be $86, up from $36. An unmodified cat return would cost $50, up from $36. And an outside fee for a feral or semi-feral cat would be $45.
Then there are the costs of sterilization or sterilization.
Sterilization and sterilization fees vary. From zero to 20 pounds, a male would cost $95 and a female $110. From 21 to 49 pounds, a male costs $110 and a female $125. From 50 to 79 pounds, a male costs $130 and a female $150. From 80 to 95 pounds, a male costs $180 and a female $195. Adoption generally costs $149 for a dog and $85 for a cat.
Board member Bob Branstrom raised the possibility of Animal Control finding someone’s pet on the street.
“My concern is that here’s an animal that we found, we’re going to neuter it… maybe that’s not what the owner wants,” he said.
Kiser said the law requires that if an animal is in city custody, lost, found or returned, and is determined not to have a microchip, the city has the ability to implement one, since technically the city becomes the guardian and pays for its upkeep.
“In some cases, an owner may return an animal because the owner is moved from their home or moved to a new residence and they are unable to keep their pet in the jurisdiction where this is happening,” Kiser said.
“The shelter is supposed to take this animal,” he added. “But an animal does not become the guardian of the refuge until after the sixth day. We therefore do not take any action until the legal limit has elapsed. If we are in possession of an animal and the owner does not come, technically it is our property. But if the owner comes on the sixth day, we won’t hide it from the owner.
Pet owners are sometimes left with only one option: to return a pet.
“So we have to try to assess those costs so that we can cover some of our costs, during the period we have the animal before it can be adopted.” Kiser said. “If someone is totally unable to pay the fee, we are not going to deny someone service, because that creates a situation where someone can do something irresponsible with an animal…. or, if someone returns an animal he has found loose, there is no charge. This is the owner’s return fee.
William Roller is a staff writer at The Union. He can be contacted at [email protected]