Leverkusen The Leverkusen CDU wants to increase the incentive to take a dog from an animal shelter and make such four-legged friends tax-free for two years.
The animal shelter in Leverkusen is also overcrowded, many dogs are waiting there for a new owner. Anyone who adopts a dog from the animal protection center there should therefore not pay taxes for the four-legged friend for two years instead of the previous year. The CDU is applying for this.
Matthias Itzwerth, member of District Council II, explains: “Unfortunately, many dogs are still being handed over to the animal protection center in Leverkusen. Even if excellent work is done there in terms of animal welfare, the employees cannot do justice to all dogs and enable them to lead a happy and species-appropriate life. Anyone who has ever been to an animal shelter and looked into the big eyes of the dogs cared for there must realize that every dog that is adopted into loving hands is a happier dog.”
The aim of the Christian Democrats’ motion is that by extending the period, more people will decide in favor of an animal from the animal shelter instead of from the breeder. “The dogs have a nicer life, the owner benefits and the city too if it succeeds in placing more dogs in a stable environment,” says a press release.
Itzwerth adds: “We therefore propose to waive the dog tax of currently €156/year for the first two years if a dog is adopted from the animal protection center in Leverkusen. If the dog is returned to the animal shelter within two years, the dog tax must be paid for this period.”