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Ripon animal shelter fees jumping 150%

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POSTED September 18, 2013 10:17 p.m.

It will soon cost residents a little bit more to get their missing cat or dog out of the pound.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Ripon City Council approved a fee increase on animal boarding, going from $4 to $10 per day.

Police Chief Ed Ormonde, upon a recent review of the animal service fees, found that some of the current services were out of proportion when looking at some of the actual costs.

The animal board fee, he said, did not cover feeding, maintenance (cleaning supplies), and equipment to care for each animal.

Ormonde indicated that the actual cost at the Ripon Animal Services came out to about $9.50 per day excluding personnel costs. “Our goal is to just cover costs,” he said.

The increase would also cover any miscellaneous costs associated in the care of the animal.

The new $10 fee in Ripon will match that of Manteca and Lodi. Escalon’s boarding fee per day is $14 while the Stanislaus and San Joaquin county shelter fees are $15 and $17, respectively.

The fee increase also applies to the AVID micro-chip per animal, which went from $10 to $15.

The actual cost of the micro-chip was $5.25 while registration of both the animal and chip came out to $5. Ormonde noted that the increase to $15 would cover the actual cost of the process along with any additional equipment needed to complete the task by staff.

The new AVID fee will still be lower as compared to Manteca ($20), Escalon ($24), or the San Joaquin County Shelter ($17) and Stanislaus County Shelter ($20), according to fee schedule provided by the Ripon Police Department.

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