City Council members voted to amend Fremont’s ordinance dealing with animals within city limits following the Nov. 8 final reading of the revised Code. The amendments establish a pet limit and a new licensing fee schedule, including cats, promoting responsible pet ownership, the well-being of animals and public safety. These measures, which go into effect November 23, are based on guidelines established by the Nebraska Humane Society, feedback from the community at public hearings, and collaboration with the Dodge County Humane Society and the Fremont Police Department.
“We appreciate the public input we received and the time the Humane Society and Chief Jeff Elliott spent to help the City make changes that represent a collaborative effort,” said Brian Newton, Interim City Administrator.
The maximum animal limit allows three dogs and/or five cats over the age of four months per household, a limit that does not apply to kennels or catteries (places where cats are housed and bred). Individuals wanting more animals than the maximum limit can obtain an animal avocation permit.
The annual fee of $10.00 for each neutered male or spayed female and $15.00 for each unsterilized animal applies to both dogs and cats, with proof of current rabies vaccination required. Attaching the metallic tags issued to the pet’s collar or harness is necessary. If an animal is unidentified, it is considered to be running at large and subject to impoundment.