Pet owners who fail to obtain pet licenses now face fines, and King County Regional Animal Services officers are providing additional patrols throughout Bellevue to enforce the new rules.
The fines -- $125 for a spayed or neutered pet; $250 for an unaltered pet -- come along with changes in license fees, which help support the costs of providing animal care and control for Bellevue and 26 other cities. In addition, dog owners can be fined $50 for off-leash dogs or for not picking up waste deposited by their pet on public or private property of another in Bellevue.
All dogs and cats over eight weeks of age in Bellevue must have licenses. Pet licenses for spayed animals are $30; $60 for unaltered pets. There are a number of discounts for disabled and senior residents, as well as for those with juvenile pets up to six months old.
Residents can purchase pet licenses online from Regional Animal Services or in person at City Hall and Mini City Hall at Crossroads. The licenses can also be purchased at 10 other locations in Bellevue, including QFC grocery stores.
Representatives of Regional Animal Services are also selling pet licenses door-to-door. They have official King County photo identification and wear bright blue polo shirts, windbreakers or winter jackets with the pet licensing logo.
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