Ohio Town Considering Pet Adoption Fee

Refundable deposit would be returned after proof of spay/neutering was provided.

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Summit County, Ohio, officials propose adding a refundable deposit onto adoption fees for animals at the county shelter.

During the countys Rules Committee meeting on April 24 in Akron, legislation sponsored by County Executive James McCarthy, was proposed that would require people adopting cats and kittens to add a $50 deposit to the cat adoption fee of $27.

Those adopting dogs and puppies would add $75 to the $40 dog adoption fee. The deposit would be refunded when the pet owner shows proof that the adopted animals have been spayed or neutered.

Although the deposit would be refunded, it is unknown if there would be a time limit to receive the rebate, or what the county would do with deposit money that's not reclaimed.

Stephen Dyer, staff attorney in McCarthys office, said the measure is meant to encourage the procedure and help reduce the number of unwanted animals in the county, but during the committee meeting, committee Chair Tim Crawford went on record questioning the potential effectiveness of the measure.

Crawford said the proposal would increase the shelters kill rate, because fewer people would be willing to pay the extra fee, even if it would be refunded.

The Summit County Council may take up the issue when it meets on May 1.

Posted: April 28, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/16/2009 5:42:28 AM

What would be the point of this rebate money unless it would be so they could check out that the animal was doing well.

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