ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city just threw dog (and cat) owners a little bone.
Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department on Friday announced that the city had “officially ended” the pet licensing requirement, following through on a proposal first floated during the annual budget process earlier this year.
Officials estimate that only 20% of the city’s companion animal population has a current license, which cost $6 each year. Animal Welfare Director Danny Nevarez told the Journal last spring that it was hard to discern how the program benefitted the city.
Eliminating the licensing requirement means losing about $305,000 per year in associated revenue, according to budget documents, but the city said it was spending more to administer it – much of it going to a contracted Texas company.
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