The Pasadena Humane Society (PHS) will take over the dog licensing program as part of the new contract for fiscal year 2012-2013. The City has also entered into a contract with the SPCA.
As part of the deal, the City will receive a credit of 50-percent from PHS of any licensing revenue over $10,000 and will be credited 100-percent for impound fees PHS collects. The contract is for three years.
Each year approximately 450 dogs in the city are licensed, which is about 10-percent of households. However, it's estimated that 30-percent of homeowners have dogs which means that a number of dogs remain unlicensed each year.
The PHS has done door to door neighborhood inspections in the past to locate unlicensed dogs.
The average revenue on these fees is $8,200 annually, but with costs of billing, tags and staff hours factored in, the revenue is actually around $5,000.
The annual dog fees will be as follows:
- $20.00 for Altered Dogs
- $10.00 for Altered Dogs (senior discount)
- $25.00 penalty for licenses paid over 30 days late
- $40.00 for Unaltered Dogs
- $20.00 for Unaltered Dogs (senior discount)
This contract will also allow the City to share costs with PHS when collection exceeds $10,000. For every dollar that's collected over that amount, the City will see 50 cents.
With the estimated amount of unlicensed dogs being so high, the City expects to recover $5,000 plus in lost revenue.