Forsyth County residents must register pets

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- The Forsyth County Animal Shelter continues to make sure that pet owners are responsible for registration and licensing mandates.

More than 1,000 licensing violation fines are issued annually by Forsyth County Animal Control for pet owners not having proof or not registering their pet at all with the shelter.

Director Tim Jennings said the violation is a misdemeanor and can result in civil fines up $100.

The goal, however, is not to collect money but control the population of animals in the county.

The registration fee for a spayed or neutered animal is $5 and for a pet that is not, it's $25.

Owners of a dog or cat have 60 days to register an animal after purchase or acquirement. New residents to the county have the same 60-day limit.

Letters in the mail informing pet owners of the registration may differ based on how soon veterinarian offices send vaccination information to the shelter.

Chad Miller with the shelter explains what the registration fee goes towards.

“It ends up being approximately $200,000 a year in revenue just from the licensing. We're then able to outfit our trucks with the proper equipment so we can give ambulatory care," Miller said. “Some of the other things that helps take care of is just animal health maintenance while they’re here.”

A valid rabies certificate from a veterinarian and proof of the spay or neuter must be provided with the license application.

Approximately 32,000 dogs and cats are registered with the Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

Not all animals shelters in the Piedmont require licensing registration.