Wilton reminds dog owners licenses are due

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WILTON — About 120 dogs in Wilton have never been licensed and a couple of hundred are licensed, Town Clerk Diane Dunham told selectpersons Tuesday.

The data are from rabies certificate lists provided by local veterinarians, she said.

Dunham said dog owners should remember the town’s Dec. 31 deadline to license their dogs. The licensing fee is $6 for the calendar year.

State law allows a grace period that extends the deadline to Jan. 31. After that, a late-registration fee of $25 is added, bringing the licensing fee to $31. And the dog’s owner just might get a visit from the animal control officer.

Selectpersons voted Tuesday to have Dunham provide the animal control officer with a list of unlicensed dogs. She is to provide that list Feb. 1.

From the list, he will visit owners and let them know that their dogs need be licensed, she said.

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The town’s goal is to greatly reduce or erase the list of unlicensed dogs.

Half of the $6 licensing fee goes to the state, and the town puts the other $3 into its animal control officer fund.

The town clerk is also scheduled to register Wilton dogs during a rabies clinic Jan. 17. The clinic is set for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilton Town Office. 

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Rosie is missing her license tag. The deadline for licensing dogs is Dec. 31. (Ann Bryant/ Franklin Journal)

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