CLINTON -- Cats in this city do not need to be licensed, according to an amendment to an amendment.
Davis County Animal Control and Care Services recently amended its ordinance that included a few changes and an increase in some fees.
After reviewing the ordinance and its amendments, members of each city's council could then amend the amendment to suit the needs of their city.
In a unanimous vote, the council here decided not to include licensing of cats in the city's ordinance and voted to allow only two dogs older than four months per household.
City Manager Dennis Cluff said each city in the county can accept the ordinance as it is written, or can accept it with exceptions applying only to the particular city.
The council felt that licensing a cat should be up to the owner, although the intent of the county is have owners take better care of their pets.
Clint Thacker with Davis County Animal Control and Care Services said the ordinance was overhauled in March 2011 after a study showed that 51 percent of the animals they picked up each year were cats, and more than 3,000 of them had to be euthanized.
"This is way too many, and since cats are basically an outdoor animal, we developed a plan to have owners license and vaccinate their cats or microchip them," Thacker said. "When this is done, over 80 percent of cats picked up by the county get returned to their owners."
He said this amendment was adopted primarily to protect as many cats as possible, but also to protect owners whose cats are lost and who want them back.
If a cat is picked up outside of Clinton but still within the county jurisdiction, and it is not licensed or microchipped, it is held for five days. If it is not claimed in that time, it is destroyed. If it is claimed, then licensing and vaccinations will be required at that time.
The council said the city will allow two dogs and one un-neutered cat or three neutered cats per household.
The changes are effective immediately.