June 28, 2011 |

Councilwoman proposes change to dog licensing

City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced legislation to streamline dog licensing in Pittsburgh, cutting down on red tape and making it easier for residents to license their animals.

"This legislation is the very example of modern government. A Beechview resident tweeted me with the idea of reforming our dog licensing in the city, and from that tweet we started exploring ways that we could save city resources and improve the quality of our animal control program," said Ms. Rudiak, "This is how government is supposed to work in the 21st century."

The idea was proposed via Twitter by Pamela Brickner, otherwise known as @pam_wow_pro on Twitter, a Beechview resident and dog owner. The councilwoman frequently interacts with constituents on Twitter, exchanging ideas and thoughts on city government.

If passed, the bill will eliminate the current year-to-year dog licensing, and instead offer two longer-term license options: three years and 15 years. Currently single year dog licenses cost $12 per year for un-spayed and un-neutered animals or $7 per year for animals that are spayed or neutered. Under the current legislation, the annual rates would remain the same for three year licenses, but would include a moderate price break for the longer-term 15 year licenses. The fee schedule would be as follows:

Un-spayed / Un-Neutered: 3 year, $36; 15 years, $170.

Spayed / Neutered: 3 year, $21; 15 years, $100.

The legislation also includes changes to the license tags, including the addition of the owner's phone number, making it easier for people to reunite with their lost companion animals.

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