Budget cuts will mean changes at Hillsborough Animal Services
TAMPA - The cost of getting a pet registered in Hillsborough County is about to go up. Beginning Oct. 1, fees for pet registrations collected by Animal Services will increase $10, to $20 for sterilized animals and $40 for others. Senior citizens with sterilized animals still will have to pay only $5 for their pet registrations. The fees increases, part of the county's effort to plug a $120 million deficit in next fiscal year's budget, are expected to generate an additional $1 million for the department. The county's animal shelter will also close on Mondays as a result of the budget cuts. Dispatchers and field officers will remain on duty on Sundays and Mondays.Here is a listing of the shelter's modified hours: • For pet registration, adoptions, citations and lost pet search, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. • For pets turned in by owners at the shelter's side gate, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. • For strays accepted at the shelter's side gate, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The cuts also mean the county will no longer handle calls from the public involving so-called nuisance animals, such as responding to barking dogs or trapping feral cats. Animal Services is at 440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa. For information, call (813) 744-5660 or go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices.