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Animal welfare groups: State fees are too high

Animal welfare groups: State fees are too high

October 8th, 2011 in News

Three animal welfare groups last week asked the state agriculture department to "abolish a newly proposed tax on nonprofit animal shelters and rescue organizations in Missouri."

But the department said the fees were set by the Legislature, so they must be followed.

The three groups - ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), The Humane Society of the United States and Best Friends Animal Society - sent their letter last Friday, Sept. 30, asking the agriculture department to provide a license fee hardship exemption for non-profit shelters and rescues.

The new license fee and per-animal fee on every dog or cat adopted out could cost already cash-strapped shelters and rescue organizations as much as $2,500 per year, the groups claimed.