Pet fees that used to go to state will be kept in Madison County

News-DemocratJune 19, 2013 

— Pet registration fees that used to go to the state will now be kept in the county to help control the animal population.

The state requires a $10 fee for the registration of intact dogs and cats. In the past, Madison County has collected the fee and turned it over to the state pet population control fund.

But the County Board voted Wednesday to create its own animal population control fund to keep that fee in local coffers. The money will be distributed to Madison County humane organizations that do pet adoptions, intended to fund spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats who are adopted or are owned by low-income residents.

"The rescue groups are excited to see that the money will stay in Madison County," said county board member Lisa Ciampoli, who has been active in local humane organizations.

Public safety committee chairman Gussie Glasper said they have been meeting with local humane organizations to organize the plan, in cooperation with the newly renamed Madison County Animal Care and Control Department. "It's something we've been meeting on for over a year," Glasper said. "It's taken a lot of hours to get it done."

State's attorney Tom Gibbons said there are "a lot of dedicated people" working in the county and with private humane organizations to reduce the number of pets who have to be euthanized in Madison County, to control the population and make it easier for pets to be adopted. "There are a lot of people who care here," he said.

In other news, the board approved its support for a new task force being formed by the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois focused on the retention and expansion of Scott Air Force Base.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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