Effort to revoke cat licensing on council's agenda

February 05, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Nearly a year and a half after the County Council added cats to the law that required all dogs in the county to be licensed, new members may reverse that decision.

Councilmen Thomas Redmond of Pasadena and William C. Mulford II of Annapolis have proposed repealing the law adopted two months before they were elected. And other members are considering changes to the proposal that would cut the licensing fee for unspayed or unneutered pets in half.

The council has scheduled a hearing on the issue at 7:30 p.m. today in its chambers in the Arundel Center.

Mr. Redmond and Mr. Mulford have argued that the county gains little from the law requiring cats to be licensed but is forced to set up the licensing bureaucracy. In addition, the $30 fee for licensing pets that have not been spayed or neutered is a deterrent to licensing, Mr. Redmond said.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lobbied for the 1994 legislation, arguing that it encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their pets because the license fee for neutered pets is only $4.

The cat licensing law was adopted after a stormy council hearing in September 1994, and a similar session is expected tonight at the hearing on the repeal proposal. The SPCA sent an emergency mailing to its 6,000 members warning them the law is in jeopardy.

The council also has scheduled hearings on a bill that would set the salary for the executive director of the county Ethics Commission at a maximum of $53,000 and on another bill to spend $300,000 to buy 1.5 acres in Rosehaven for a waterfront community park.

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