Increase in Wichita animal licensing fees being examined

Wichita Animal Services Center. (KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The City of Wichita’s Animal Advisory Board met Wednesday to consider raising animal licensing fees.  The rate hike would be anywhere from $5-$10 per year more than they are presently.

The goal is to use the extra money for spaying and neutering programs in Wichita which in return would help control pet overpopulation.

“Five dollars is not a lot,” said Sarah Coffman, the founder of the Wichita Animal Action League. “I mean, how much did you spend on coffee this morning at Starbucks? Skip that one time and you could help spay or neuter and animal and possibly prevent you know 64,000 liters being born this year.”

The board tabled the issue at its Wednesday night meeting.  They’re working on creating a special committee to come up with all of the specifics surrounding the possible fee increase.

The board hopes to have a final recommendation to the city council in the next few weeks.  The council will ultimately decide on any fee increase.

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