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Budget cuts will mean changes at Hillsborough Animal Services

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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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.

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