Special tax on pet food to raise money for spaying, neutering; N.M. lawmakers

New Mexico (AP) Two New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a special tax on pet food to raise money for spaying and neutering, but critics are concerned it could be passed on to consumers and deter pet food companies from doing business with New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Democratic state Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored the bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food annually.