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'Cat tax' on San Diego City Council committee's agenda

July 11, 2011 |  8:03 am

IshyA San Diego City Council committee on Monday will consider a suggestion that the city require cat owners to register their pets and pay a fee.

A staff audit of the city's agreement with the county Department of Animal Services suggests the cash-strapped city could raise $500,000 if only 5% of cat owners complied and paid a fee of about $25.

The idea has drawn fire from Councilman Carl DeMaio, a mayoral candidate. "We need to send this idea to the litter box," he said.

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Photo: A sleeping (untaxed) cat. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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