March 07, 2020

It's Tax Season (for Dog Owners)


It's Tax Season (for Dog Owners)
It's tax time--for dog owners. Image by Andrey via Wikipedia

The mayor of Yakutsk, Sardana Avksentieva, recently announced that a tax for dog owners is being discussed. This tax would help compensate the city for what it spends on stray animals.

Mayor Avksentieva noted that it costs around 14,500 rubles (approximately $220) to process just one stray dog, including catching the dog, sterilizing and vaccinating it, and installing a microchip. According to Avksentieva, this is more than what is spent on children’s subsidies: “People don’t understand why more money is being spent on dogs than on food for children,” Avksentieva stated.

In January, a new federal law on animals went into force. The law outlines the state’s responsibility to the people in terms of stray animal care, but does not mention pet owners’ responsibilities for maintaining their animals.

According to the administration’s calculations, it would cost about R190 million ($2.8 million) per year to control the stray animal population. Unfortunately, only R7.4 million ($112,100) has been budgeted, which is where a tax on dog owners would help fill the gap. Funds from the tax would go towards maintaining shelters for stray animals. Avksentieva noted that this is a common practice in many countries.

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