- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport officials are looking to make a change in city law after learning that the local animal shelter has for years been collecting more in boarding fees than the law allows.

The Humane Society of Scott County for years has been charging $10 a day to shelter animals, The Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1Vf47Vy ). That’s a violation of Davenport city code, which allows animal shelters to charge only $6.50 a day to board animals. A city council vote is needed to change the ordinance to the $10 rate.

Davenport city officials are calling the discrepancy an oversight, noting that the Humane Society sought to have the law changed to increase the fee to $10 a day years ago to cover its costs. Thinking the change had been enacted, the Humane Society proceeded to raise its boarding fee.

The Humane Society recently called Davenport Finance Director Brandon Wright after discovering the ordinance was never amended to reflect the fee increase.

“I don’t know why it wasn’t done at the time,” Wright said. “Even though they talked about doing it, it never actually had gotten done. We’ll make sure it gets done now to correct it in the code.”

The Davenport City Council is expected to vote next week to increase the boarding fee.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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