June is dog license renewal time in Wilton and throughout Connecticut. Licensing is important for many good reasons and speeds the return of your dog should it go missing.

State law requires licensing for all dogs six months and older between June 1 and June 30 on a yearly basis. Licenses may be renewed at the town clerk’s office at town hall or by mail.

All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and owners must submit a certificate to the town clerk when licensing their dog. A copy must be submitted when renewing by mail.

Licenses cost $8 if the dog is spayed or neutered, and $19 if not. Kennel licenses cost $50 for up to 10 dogs, plus 10 cents per dog tag. Late licensing or late renewal incurs a late fee of $1 per month or part of a month after June 30.

The town clerk’s office is open on weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The town clerk may be reached at 203-563-0106. Town Clerk Bettye Ragognetti may be emailed at b.ragognetti@wiltonct.org.

If a dog roams or gets lost, in Wilton or elsewhere, an animal control officer can look up its license, easily find the owner and return the dog. Licensing a dog costs far less than the penalty should the animal control officer find a dog and issue an infraction for having an unlicensed dog.

Animal control officers and the general public are more likely to handle a dog with a license that shows it has been vaccinated for rabies than a dog of unknown origin that could have contracted the fatal disease.

It’s not too late to license your dog by the June 30 deadline.