Panel nixes cat licensesThe city of Superior won’t require cats to be licensed any time soon. However, city officials will make a more concerted effort to inform the public they are required to license their dogs.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The city of Superior won’t require cats to be licensed any time soon.
However, city officials will make a more concerted effort to inform the public they are required to license their dogs.
That was the decision made by the city’s License and Fees Committee on Monday concerning a proposal to license cats.
The panel denied a proposal to require licenses for cats. Licensing cats won’t make much of a difference when it comes to dealing with strays, said Superior Animal Control Officer Chris Wagner.
“If you put a collar on a cat, it’s going to die, because it’s going to get caught on a tree or a fence and they crawl through all sorts of narrow places,” said Councilor Bob Finsland.
Councilor Denise McDonald questioned how the city would enforce the requirement when many people, herself included, only allow their cats outside when they are in a carrier.
However, members agreed more needs to be done to educate the public on the need to license dogs.
Annual dog licenses, which cost $7.50 for spayed or neutered animals and $15 for unspayed or unneutered canines, have been required in the city of Superior since 1971
Councilor Tom Fennessey said as he talked to people about the issue, many didn’t know dog licenses are required in Superior.
“I think it’s a generational change,” Fennessey said. “When I grew up it was an automatic.”
The licenses must be obtained within 30 days of the dog reaching the age of five months and must be renewed by April 1 of each year. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. The only exception is specially trained service dogs such as those that guide the blind or deaf. Fines for failing to license a dog run $200.
Currently, only about 231 dogs are licensed in the city.
Wagner said there are several options for getting information out to the public. Ideas include notices of the requirement with other city mailing efforts, posting the information on the city’s web or Facebook sites, or hosting clinics to provide care for animals, such as a rabies vaccination clinic, and give owners the opportunity to get the license at the same time.