Dogs and cats who call the Town of Stettler home can breathe a sigh of relief: licenses are staying the same for 2018.
Town council discussed the issue of dog and cat licensing at their regular meeting Nov. 20. All councilor were present for the meeting.
The item was presented by assistant CAO Steve Gerletz. “Town administration has conducted a review of our existing Dog & Cat Licenses and Rates,” stated Gerletz in his memo. “The Dog Bylaw 2050-14 & Cat Bylaw 2049-14 were passed in March of 2014; the license fees did not change from the previous bylaw.”
The number of canines in Stettler were, per year: Dog – Unaltered 2015-41, 2016-43 and 2017-45, Dog – Altered 2015-704, 2016- 722 and 2017- 762.
As for feline friends, the numbers were: Cat – Unaltered 2016-4, 2015 and 2017 the number was zero, while Cat – Altered was 2015-221, 2016- 238 and 2017- 262.
CAO Greg Switenky noted there are always some pet owners in town who refuse to register their pet, so the numbers don’t always describe the exact number of canines or felines in Stettler. But he said it seems the town is going in the right direction and that the majority of local pet owners are embracing registration.
Gerletz noted town staff compared Stettler’s dog and cat licensing to other Alberta communities like St. Paul and Westlock, and Stettler was either spot on or within a few dollars.
Staff recommended that Town Council set the 2018 Dog & Cat License fees at the same rate as 2017: $25 for an altered dog or cat, $50 for an unaltered dog or cat , $10 for a replacement tag and $10 discount between December 1 – January 31.
Councilors approved the staff recommendation.