Dog licensing only halfway there

The most common breed of dog in town is apt to be a Labrador retriever, according to records of the town clerk from this month’s annual licensing of dogs.

The dog names can be simple like Buster or fanciful like Prince Dandy, but one thing is certain: only half the usual number of 1,200 dogs in town has been licensed as of June 19.

It’s no cause for concern though.

“I’m not worried about it,” said town Clerk Lori Kaback. There’s still time, she said, and then, a $1 late fee in July if they cross over into the new fiscal year.

Animal Control Officer Chris Muir wasn’t worried it either. “They still have two weeks to get it in,” he said. June 30 is when the town’s fiscal year ends.

All dogs six months and older in Wilton must be licensed by June 30. Dog licenses are valid for one year.

The cost to license each dog is $8 if spayed or neutered. The cost is $19 if the dog isn’t altered. There is a $1 per month late fee after June 30.

A current rabies certificate is required to receive a dog license. Written proof of spay/neuter is required to receive the discounted price.

State law requires all dogs six months and older to be licensed each year. The law helps ensure that all dogs are current on their rabies vaccination in addition to helping recover lost dogs.

Dog licenses may be obtained at the town clerk’s office at town hall,  238 Danbury Road. It is  open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30. License applications may also be sent by mail.

For questions, call Wilton Animal Control at 203-563-0150.