At the City Council's committee of the whole session, Clinton City Clerk/Finance Director Deb Neels said her staff surveyed the policies of several other cities and sent questionnaires to local veterinarians.
noted license numbers are on a downward swing again and her
office is planning to place a license application in sewer bills to encourage pet owners to license their animals.
At-large Councilman Ron Mallicoat suggested the council consider a requirement that veterinarians fax all rabies certifications to the city so officials can determine who owns pets.
said that could be done, but a billing function would have to be determined.
Ward 1 Councilman Bob Soesbe said of the 15,000 to 17,000 pets in Clinton, the city only has licenses on record for approximately 10 percent.
said raising the license fee only hurts those who are properly licensing their pets.
said it is the city's policy to document rabies vaccinations and said a database has been created to offer ready access to that information.
also doesn't believe the intent of the program was to generate revenue.