FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors will consider higher fees for some animal control services next month.
Audra Michael, director of Pinal County Animal Care and Control, presented potential new fees to the board on Wednesday. The board will consider approval of the new fees on Nov. 18.
Michael told the board that although costs have gone up, the county has not raised fees in more than three years. She continued that the new fees are meant to be an incentive for citizens to have their pets spayed and vaccinated, and not all fees will increase.
New fees include $40 for a license for a dog that has not been spayed and $40 to impound such a dog. Both fees are currently $30, and the new fees are lower than what is charged in Maricopa and Pima counties, Michael told the board. The fee to surrender an animal would increase from $40 to $50.
The pandemic has also brought a need for new services. The department proposes to offer surrender in the field, at a proposed cost of $100, and surrender euthanasia in the field at a proposed cost of $125.
Vice Chairman Pete Rios, D-Dudleyville, said if people won’t pay these fees, the animal is the loser.
Michael replied if there’s a financial hardship, Animal Control will work with the citizen or waive the fee. People usually don’t have a problem paying the surrender fee when they understand the department will do all it can to find the animal a home. People are more comfortable knowing the county doesn’t euthanize an animal unless it’s badly injured or aggressive, Michael said.
Animal Control proposes no fee increases for licenses for spayed dogs; impound fees for spayed, licensed and microchipped dogs; owner-requested euthanasia at the shelter; stray cats; an education course in lieu of citation; civil violations; and microchip implants.
Microchips are free in the month of October for animals in costume. Costumes are also available at the animal shelter, Michael said.