Fort Smith Officials Seek Solution to Animal Overpopulation

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The Fort Smith Board of Directors discussed a possible solution aimed at reducing animal overpopulation. 

Nicole Morton, a veterinarian with the Animal Services Advisory Board, introduced the proposal which would incentivize residents to microchip their dogs. 

The differential licensing proposal would consist of two licenses for animals, similar to a rabies certificate. 

License A would serve as a business license to breed pets, and would cost $125 per year.

Twenty percent of the proposed yearly fee would go towards assisting low income families to spay or neuter their pets.

License B is for an animal that is microchipped and sterilized and would have no cost to register with the city. 

Morton said she thinks this is the beginning of a long term solution for Fort Smith. 

The board of directors will vote on the issue next week.  

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