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Report Recommends Stepping Up Pet Licensing in Toronto

Mrs Bungle
November 22nd, 2005, 09:14 AM

Report Recommends Stepping Up Pet Licensing in Toronto
Nov, 22 2005 - 6:50 AM

TORONTO - The Toronto Board of Health says the city could be making millions of dollars in revenue by cashing in on the half-million cats and dogs living in our city.

In their new report, the board suggests the city could collect 6.5 million dollars in revenue, just by making sure that 60 per cent of Toronto's dogs and 18 per cent of Toronto's cats are licensed by 2010. That seems pretty reasonable, until you consider that currently, only about 10 per cent of dogs and 4 per cent of cats have licenses. That adds up to a paltry 550 thousand dollars a year for the city.

Eletta Purdy with animal services says the proposal by the board of health isn't just a cash grab. She says Toronto's cats and pooches would be the ones to benefit from the plan, because the extra money would go towards things like hiring more animal control staff.

November 22nd, 2005, 10:30 AM
Animal Control has been stopping people on Toronto streets for a few months now asking for proof of dog licencing - you get a warning and time to licence your pet - and show proof - or you pay the considerable fine. My guy is now wearing his licence and I have been stopped. The city grew somewhat lax in this area for several years, but apparently then realized the cash they were losing.