The cost to license unspayed dogs in the Fraser Valley Regional District is increasing.

Cost to license unspayed dogs going up

Fraser Valley Regional District hiking fees for animals that aren’t spayed or neutered

The cost to license a dog that isn’t spayed or neutered is going up.

It will now cost $70 to obtain a licence for an “unaltered” dog. The Fraser Valley Regional District’s board approved the hike last week. Unaltered licences had cost $56 in Abbotsford and Mission, and $50 in Kent and Harrison. Chilliwack had already charged $70 for such dogs.

Licences for spayed and neutered dogs will rise only in Chilliwack, increasing from $15 to $20. The cost was already $20 in Kent and Harrison, while Abbotsford and Mission residents will continue paying $28.

Licence fees are due before Jan. 1 and a six-week grace period that had previously been offered will no longer be available.

Abbotsford Coun. Patricia Ross, who is vice-chair of the FVRD board of directors, said the aim is to encourage owners to spay and neuter their animals while bringing fees closer to alignment across the region.