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6B Wednesday, ~:eb, 28, 2001 I By Victoria Metcalf What it means qtafl W~iter Members of a specially ap- Plumas County residents in- pointed committee of citizens terested in adopting a Fido or and county officials began a Tom will find costs have in- meeting on ways of dealing creased in some areas, de- with Plumas County's un- creased in others, wanted pet population in 1999. Overall. regulations have At that time, the Animal tighten when it comes to up- Control department was un- front fees for adopting a pet. der the supervision of the And Plumas County officials County Administrative Offi- have made it clear they want cer. to cut down on the unwanted Since then, department con- pet population by getting trol has been transferred to tough with spay and neuter the SheriWs Department. regulations. In the initial meetings, com- That was the outcome Tues- mittee members were inter- day, Feb. 20, as members of ested in determaining if a no the Board of Supervisors ap- kill policy could be adopted by proved seven of eight items the shelter. before their inspection from Since then, the committee the Plumas County Sheriff's has determined that it is not Department and Animal Con- possible, but members have trol. discovered ways to tighten Supervisor Robert Meacher controls on the spread of un- moved to adopt the new AnL wanted pets. real Control regulations, with The committee also focused the exception of a seventh on ways to make public educa- item to be revisited when a tion about pet ownership a re- new shelter is completed, and quirement for adoption, and a consideration for senior citi- yet make it practical. zen discotmts. And the committee wanted to involve the courts in play- New regulations ing a bigger role in achieving Adopt the goal for the Plumas the overall goal of reducing County Animal Shelter pro- the unwanted pet population. gram to substantially reduce As the committee worked or eliminale entirely, if possi- together, it eventually drafted ble. the euthanizmg of adopt- a recommended shelter policy able dogs and cats. "to substantially reduce or Approve the new dog and eliminate, entirely if possible, cate adoptions agreement, the euthanizing of adoptable Approve the additiohs, delec- dogs and eats at the Plumas tions and amendments to the County shelter." Master Fee Schedule recom- Incentives offered to help mended by the committee and meet this policy included: a adopt a resolution implement- mandatory spay and neuter ing the changes, program, except for licensed Direct that county counsel breeders; enforcement of cur- prepare an amendment to the rent spay and neuter agree- county code to delete Section ments; the increase of spay 6-1.214 concerning the strict and neuter deposits to an leash law in specific fire dis- amount equal to the cost of tricts and community service the surgery by veterinarians; districts, and transfer the increase the unaltered dog at spay and neuter language and large fine with repeat viola- $1,000 maximum fine provi- tions; lessen the six-month pe- sion to Section 6-1.210. riod within which adopted Adopt the requirement that, junvenile animals must be al- after the new shelter is occu- tered after adoption; amend pied, all persons adopting or the license fee schedule to en- redeeming dogs and cats from courage the altering of dogs; the shelter must attend a pet and mandatory pet ownership care eduction class conducted classes for all persons adopt- by the county. Otherwise, the ing or redeeming pets from adopted or redeemed pet must the shelter. be returned to the shelter for "The underlying principal Bulletin, I That has been rectified with the volunteer services of one member of the Plumas Ani- mal Welfare Society. For those interested in adopting a cat from the Ani- mal Shelter, the spay and neuter deposit has been in- creased from $40 to $50. The adoption fee for pup- pies and dogs has increased from $40 to $75. The deposits are returned to the adopting parties, when ev- idence of having the animal altered is presented at the shelter. The time between when an animal is adopted and when the deadline for spay or neuter is completed has also been tightened. In the past, it was 60 days; that has been reduced to 10 days. The spay or neuter of pup- pies and kittens has also been reduced from within six months to within 30 days of adoption. Some exceptions are made based on veterinary rec- ommendations. And giving the new regula- tions some teeth previous reg- ulations may not have had, if the conditions of adoption aren't met, the deposit is for- feited and the animal must be returned to the shelter. The party will also be cited. Under the old regulations, dogs must have been vaccinat- ed for rabies with 30 days of adoption. That has been changed to within 10 days of adoption, and the licensing nmst follow withing 14 days of adoption. Regulations also give shel- ter workers a better opportu- nity to get in touch with those who are adopting pets. An im- proved information form has been designed for just that reason. Incentives The bottomiine for pet own- ers is, under the new regula- tions, those who are responsi- ble benefit, those who aren't pay. That was the consensus of the committee on making li- censing inexpensive, but fines increase substantially for those who allow their animals $250, if their dog is found run- ning wild. The fine, however, can be reduced with a spay or neuter certificate from a vet- erinarian. Dop adoption fees are in- creased from $5 to $10, and cat adoption fees are increased from $3 to $10. The additional charge for animal control services at Valley Ranch Estates has been deleted. According to discuss with the Board of Su- pervisors, the division had planned specific animal con- trol regulations when the de- velopment was planned, but there hasn't been a problem there with unresponsible pet owners. And the county will no longer charge residents who release litters of puppies and kittes to the shelter, if they have proof the mother animal has been spayed. The fee schedule is not based on generating addition- al revenue for the animal shel- ter, according to the commit- tee report. "It was the strong geeling of the committee that a reduc- tion of the number of unwant- ed dogs and cats impounded and euthanized was more im- portant and would have a greater positive impact on the overall animal control pro- gram, than wether the fee/fine structure covered more or less the gross cost to the program," the committee wrote. With this in mind, the gen- eral fund requirement to the program would cost the coun- ty more money. Currently, the program is subsized by l puty honored for Plumas roll in DUIs By Christi Sevtap Chester Editor In 1999, Deputy Dale Prosise cited the most alcohol-related offenses in Plumas County, a feat that earned him recogni- tion from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a na- tional organization. l $142,000, which will increase. Pet care Not everyone knows how to take care of a pet, was the message from the committee. And as a step toward ensuring new pet owners get the basics down, a mandatory animal care class/video has been adopted. For those adopting a pet from the county, the video is a must. Di u 4on Sheriff Len Gardner and Administrative Sgt. Tom Mareina presented the new recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Both 'said they were quite familiar with the committee's recommendations and sup- ported their efforts. A number of committee members were in the audi- ence to show their support of the new regulations, but there was also a showing of opposi- tion and concerns voiced about some of the specific changes. One of those concerned citi- zens was Quincy area resident Margo Stratton. She said her concern was that, with the tightening of restrictions, more animals would be aban- doned in the woods and not left at the shelter. Referring to an item de- ferred until the new shelter is built, Stratton said she is con- cerned that, by not allowing people to give away puppies and kittens in front of stores, the county is only making the situation worse. Supervisor Bill Dennison said he thought new regulations lot to make them Mareina said dogs licensed is a law to enforce, and | of the animal shelter going to go knocki to see if dc Mareina said the forced when dogs up. If they're not owner is fined. Supervisor Don mented that the had come up with lot" of regulations. VIareina pointed are incentives make following rive to those otherwise follow it. Mareina went forcement. no one break that's auto Dennison whether it was wise the adoption fee. Mareina with the mal altered. Once the er presents eration has taken money is returned. Stratton su there might be an method to amounts to twice for tion. She income and ten can't afford to to the shelter, and another $75 right the vet. After some Mareina, it was the board, that considered. adoption by the general pub- of the recommendations is to to roam and don't follow theAfter receiving the award, lic. . . , prov, ide as many positive in- county regulation. , set a aersonal goal for . .county staffshatl be required cen Ves as possibl rest- Currently it costs Plumas "':" - e'''""ar "" " ........ --'the'y 2000. to double his to transport unaltered ant-dents for the spay a ineuter- ounty resments $6 to ncense + numbers. reals adopted or redeemed ing of their pets, and make it a dog between four to eight After a year of citing DUIs from the shelter to a local vet- painful in the pocket for those months of age. That decreases erinanrian of the party's who have unaltered and unli- by $1. choice for spaying and neuter- censed animals running at Residents who license an ing, unless the owner is a It- large in the community," ac- unaltered dog can now expect censed breeder, cording to the report, to pay $30, up from $15. For Support Sheriff Len Gard- those who have their dog al- ner's efforts to continue work- Adoption agreement tered, the cost is $5, down ing with animal control pub- Enforcing adtoption agree-from $10, giving another in- lic policy committee and re- ments became one of the early centive for pet owners to help suce groups on matters con- concerns of the committee,curb the unwanted pet popula- cerning the animal shelter, "County staff simply was tion. population control, public ed- not able to follow up on the Delinquent dog and kennel ucation and other related mat- agreements to see that the ani- license fees double under the ters. reals were spayed or rteuteed new regulations. Owners of as promised," the report stat- unaltered dogs can expect ed. fines to increase from $25 to iI We'll help you from planning to painting. Save $1,O00's in Sweat Equity Get the satisfaction of building your own home, or subcontract the project out. We supply all the building materials. 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