There's just one problem with Anderson's request, Villines notes: Pulaski County doesn't have a traditional dog licensing and registration program (Little Rock and North Little Rock, among others, do and NLR has a lower fee for spayed pets, PETA says). According to the judge, the county currently has only two animal control employees to service over 600 square miles of unincorporated area. Villines said that to create a pet licensing program would cost up to $400,000.
The ordinance that would institute a program to encourage spaying and neutering is up for a committee vote tonight before the Quorum Court. If it survives, it'll move on to a full vote at their next meeting. From the sounds of things, it's not going far.
Anderson's letter on the jump...
Dear Judge Villines,
On behalf of my friends at PETA, I am writing to urge you to support the proposal to establish differential license fees for dogs and cats in Pulaski County. Differential fees save lives by motivating people to spay and neuter their animal companions.
When U.S. animal shelters are killing nearly 4 million dogs and cats every year because there are many more animals than there are good homes for them, preventing the births of unwanted animals with differential license fees is a no-brainer!
The state of New York and many cities, including St. Louis, Mo.; Columbia, S.C.; and your own county's North Little Rock, have differential licensing fees that have proved helpful in encouraging spaying and neutering. Please do the right thing for animals by supporting the differential licensing proposal.
Very truly yours,
cc: Pulaski County Quorum Court
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