Town Clerk reminds residents to license their dogs

MONROE, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order in May giving dog owners a grace period through July 31, before a late fee for dog licensing is imposed. Penalties are usually issued in June.

Monroe residents with dogs age six-months-and-older must license their pets annually. Those who already registered their dogs, will receive renewal postcards in the mail shortly, according to Town Clerk Vida Stone.

The state of Connecticut requires that all dogs have rabies vaccinations, so it is necessary to provide a current rabies vaccination certificate when licensing your dog.

Those licensing their dog for the first time, must also provide a spaying or neutering certificate in order to obtain the lower license fee. Fees are $8 for a neutered male or spayed female and $19 for unaltered dogs.

“We would prefer that licenses be dropped off or sent through the mail,” Stone wrote in a press release. “Please drop off or send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check or money order for the proper amount and the following information, if not already on file: rabies certificate, spay or neuter certificate, owner’s name, phone number, address, dog’s name, breed, age of dog, color markings and sex of dog.”

A drop off box marked “Dog Licensing” is in the Monroe Police Department lobby at 7 Fan Hill Road. Stone said it will be checked every day.

To license your dog by mail, send the information to the Town Clerk’s Office, Room 201, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468 along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Stone said residents can also fax the rabies/neuter/spay certificate over to 203-452-2253 or scan to the email address [email protected]. A cover letter is not required when faxing.

For information, call the Town Clerk’s office Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 203-452-2811 or send an email to [email protected].

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