Dog Licensing Begins June 1. After June 30, You’ll Pay More — And Here’s More Dog Rules for You to Follow

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Dog Licenses are available beginning June 1, and it will cost dog owners more if they don’t get a new license by June 30, the end of the month, according to an announcement on the Darien government website.

If new license isn’t procured on or before June 30, “a penalty will be collected in addition to license fee, in accordance with section 22-338, of the General Statutes,” the announcement said. (There was no mention of how expensive the penalty is.)

These are the regular fees charged for a license:

Neutered Male or Spayed Female                     $8.00

Male or Female                                                   $19.00

All dogs six months or older must be licensed.

Vet’s Certificate Needed for a License

Owners of spayed females or neutered males must present a veterinarian’s certificate of neutering or spaying to the Town Clerk’s Office when applying for a license.

Dog owners must submit a certificate, signed by a veterinarian, or copy thereof, stating that such dog has been vaccinated against rabies, the date of the vaccination and the duration of the immunity provided by the vaccine. No license shall be issued unless the certificate indicates that the immunity provided by the vaccine is effective at the time of licensing.

Rules About Dogs Wearing Tags

Every dog must wear its collar and tag at all times.

A dog without a tag is presumed to be unlicensed and is not protected by law. In case a tag becomes lost, promptly procure a new tag from the Town Clerk’s Office.

A tag must not be used on any dog other than the dog described in the license bearing corresponding number.

Other Rules Dog Owners Need to Know

Report all suspected cases of rabies to your health officer.

You are liable for damage done by your dog to persons, property, livestock and poultry.

Owners of dogs are liable to prosecution for allowing dogs to roam, to annoy persons on highways, or excessive barking.


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