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500th Dog License Issued as June 30 Deadline Approaches

Dog License

Woodbury resident Alex Carrington poses with her dog, Rosie. Rosie’s 2017 dog license is attached to her collar.

WOODBURY – June is Dog License Month in Woodbury. But Woodbury residents don’t seem to be in no rush to get their dogs licensed.

On Monday, June 19, the town issued its 500th dog license of 2017. While the number is a milestone, it wasn’t a cause for celebration in the Town Clerk’s office. That’s because there are approximately 1,300 known dogs in Woodbury.

“Either people come in at the beginning of June and get it over with, or they wait until that final week of June,” said Woodbury Town Clerk Linda L. Carlson.

How to Get a Dog License

All dogs 6 months of age and older are required by Connecticut state law to be licensed each year in the month of June. Newly licensed dogs will require rabies certificate as well as spayed/neutered certificate if applicable.

Renewal notices were mailed out the end of May. So that, coupled with the sandwich board outside the Town Clerk’s office on Main St. South, serve as reminders.

The renewal license notices will indicate whether you need proof of updated rabies certificate to receive a license.

Licenses can be obtained either by walk-in or mail in registration. All mail-in registrations should include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your renewal info and your payment to Town Clerk’s Office, 281 Main St. South, Woodbury, Ct 06798. Checks should be made payable to Town Clerk, Woodbury.

License fees for fixed (spayed/neutered) dogs are $8, and $19 for dogs that are not fixed. There is a $1 per month late fee, and a $1 charge to replace a lost tag.

The Town of Woodbury only gets $1 of the licensing fees, Carlson said. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture receiving the bulk of the fees.

Will the town renew every license before the June 30 deadline? That’s hard to say, Carlson said. But stragglers come to Carlson’s office in July to get their dogs licensed, and aren’t concerned about the late fee.

The shape and color of dog license tags changes annually so animal control officers can easily identify licensed dogs. The 2017 tags are red octagons, like stop signs, and contain the name of the town, year, and license number.

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