Ogden OKs changes in animal control code, including fees, fines, requirements

Oct 15 2013 - 9:15pm

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OGDEN -- The city is making changes to its animal control code, including increased fees, new requirements for dangerous dogs and alternatives to animal shelters.

The city council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that makes several changes to the city's animal control code. Most of the changes are recommendations from the Ogden Police Department, which assumed responsibility of the operation in July 2012 with the beginning of the fiscal year 2013 budget.

Animal control had previously operated under the city's public services division.

Among the many changes to the code, service and licensing fees have increased by as much as $50 in some cases.

Under the new code, licensing fees for unaltered dogs will increase from $30 to $50 and for unaltered cats, it will rise from $20 to $35.

Registration fees for dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs will rise from $50 to $100, and the fee for preparation and transportation of a quarantined animal to the state lab will increase from $50 to $75.

The code also adds a three-year license that will cost $25 for dogs and $10 for cats and ferrets, establishes a fee of $45 for disposal of a small animal and increases the pick-up charge for an animal from $10 to $35.

The code has also been amended to make organizational changes that reflect the elimination of the Ogden City Animal Shelter and transfer of services to Weber County.

Part of those changes include requiring licensing and microchipping after a dog has been determined to be dangerous and that a resident get written permission from any applicable landlord to keep the dog on the premises and file it at the time of licensing.

If a dangerous dog must be taken into protective custody, owners may now take their animals to an appropriate rescue organization instead of directly to the Weber County Animal Shelter.

The code also clarifies that owners are responsible for cleanup of animal waste on trails, parks and other public areas and that owners must carry a bag for such purpose. Violators could be fined $500.

Contact reporter Mitch Shaw at 801-625-4233 or mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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