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Franklin County Commissioners Boost Cost of Dog Ownership

Franklin County commissioners boosted the cost of dog ownership. The Commission approved double-digit increases for dog licenses and dog adoptions.

Commission President Mary Jo Kilroy says there's too many dogs in Franklin County, and too few homes for them.

Commissioners voted to raise both license and adoption fees, in part, o generate more money to spay and neuter strays picked up by the county dog warden.

Licenses for spayed and neutered dogs will go from eight dollars to twelve dollars and for others, the annual fee will go from 16 dollars to 24 dollars. Adoption fees will go up by 20 percent.

Lisa Wahoff, head of the Department of Animal Care and Control, estimates 300 dogs are adopted each month from the county shelter. And she says she's counting on what she calls "dog people" to help reduce overpopulation of pets. Dog owners in Franklin County last year purchased more than 88-thousand licenses.