DIAMOND BAR, CA – Pet owners will have to pay more in dog licenses starting in July after Diamond Bar City Council renewed its agreement with the Inland Valley Humane Society at Tuesday’s meeting.
The contract is expected to cost the city $ 480,000 in the first fiscal year of its implementation, but revenue generated from pet licensing and other fees is expected to bring it down to around $ 285,000, according to the city manager’s report. . The city’s agreement with the humanitarian company will last until the end of June 2023.
As part of the deal, several fee increases were implemented for dog licenses and the impounding of animals.
Owners of a dog that has been repaired can now expect to pay $ 30 for a license; previously the cost was $ 20. Serving members and veterans only have to pay $ 10. The license fee for unsecured dogs remains $ 100.
Officials also approved adding a fee of $ 125 for dogs considered potentially dangerous, in addition to requiring that a dog be allowed.
Councilor Steve Tye asked what was considered a potentially dangerous dog during the meeting, asking if it was a particular breed or a breed that has “a propensity to mistreat people and people. other animals “.
The decision is ultimately made by the humanitarian company, which will examine a dog and assess whether its owner should pay the fine, according to City Attorney David DeBerry.
“It’s a very specific process put in place in state law. It’s not like anyone can say that I don’t like this particular breed of dog,” he said. declared.
If a dog is picked up by the humane company, owners can now expect to pay $ 30 for the first violation if the dog is repaired and $ 50 if it is not. The second infractions will cost $ 70 for fixed dogs and $ 100 for unsecured dogs. The third offense will be $ 120 for fixed and unsecured animals.
The impoundment fees for cats, whether fixed or not, remain at $ 5.
The purpose of the pound increases is to encourage owners to be more responsible with dogs to keep them from getting lost, according to Anthony Santos, assistant city manager.
“It costs a lot of money to collect pets,” he said. “Inland Valley Humane Society tries to collect them in a safe manner.”
Cat and dog owners can expect to pay $ 10 for every day that human society holds their animals for food and care. Animals kept under observation after biting another animal or person will be charged $ 20 per day.
The fees for owners wishing to surrender their cat or dog to the Humane Society will also see an increase of $ 20, going up to $ 40.