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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2010

City conducts pet licensing enforcement May 5 to Sept. 1

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department will conduct weekly pet licensing enforcement throughout the City, during a period that extends from May 5, 2010 through Sept. 1, 2010. This enforcement initiative is part of an effort to educate residents on animal health and safety, while improving neighborhood livability.

During the enforcement period, officers will inspect "targeted areas" for compliance. Citations may be issued to pet owners without a current pet license.

Chapter 14 of the City’s code of ordinances requires residents to license dogs, catsand ferrets. Failure to comply will result in a citation being issued and a minimum $75 fine.

The license fee for a pet is $10 for a spayed or neutered animal and $33 for an animalthat has not been altered.

Licensing a pet and keeping the license on the pet’s collar helps ensure the pet’s owner is notified, should the pet be impounded by employees of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division.

Residents of the City are provided three methods for licensing a pet:

    • Visit Halfway Home Pet Adoptions (the City's animal shelter), at 4400 Raytown Road

    • Contact a veterinarian

    • VisitPet Dataonline by visiting www.petdata.com/cs/kcm/

When licensing a pet, the owner must provide a copy of the pets current rabies vaccination certificate and proof of the pet’s sterilization (if applicable). To obtain vaccination, contact a local vet or low-cost clinic such as Spay and Neuter Kansas City at 816-353-0940, or Halfway Home Pet Adoptions at 816-921-0201

The goal of the City’s Pet Licensing Enforcement Program is to ensure compliance as well as educate and provide opportunities for residents to license their pets. For more information about pet license enforcement or animal health and public safety, contact Patrick Egberuare, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, 816-513-9009.

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