Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting, awarded the county’s contract for dog control services to Kent County SPCA/Delaware Animal Care & Control.
As it has since 2010, Kent County SPCA will continue to investigate complaints, retrieve unleashed dogs and inspect kennel operations for Sussex County.
At nearly $670,000, Kent County SPCA was the lowest of two bidders on the one-year dog control contract, put out for bid earlier this fall.
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary near Georgetown also submitted a proposal for the contract.
Dog licenses for next year will be available beginning Jan. 1, and must be obtained for the calendar year by March 1 for dogs 6 months or older. For spayed and neutered dogs, the annual cost will remain $10; for nonspayed and unneutered dogs, the cost will stay at $15 yearly.
Dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations at the time the license is obtained. Fees will be waived for seeing-eye, lead or guide dogs and those that have previously served in a branch of the U.S. military.
Licenses are available in one-, two- and three-year increments, and are valid through Dec. 31 of the expiration year. Owners who fail to comply with licensing requirements face an initial $50 fine, with a maximum fine of $100 for repeat offenses within a 12-month period.