2009-01-29 / Front Page

Jackson dogs must obtain a license during January

JACKSON — With the dog days of summer long gone and January about to end, it is time to remind dog owners to make sure their dog is properly licensed.

All dogs that are 7 months old or older must be licensed every year in January.

Dog licenses are available at the Community Development and Enforcement Building, 65 Don Connor Blvd.

"We ask that dog licenses be renewed in January," licensing official Robin Staley said. "After April 1 there will be a $5 late charge."

Failure to obtain a dog license within the time prescribed by a municipal ordinance will make the owner of the animal subject to a fine of between $10 and $50.

The dog license renewal fee for 2009 is $8.70 for a neutered pet and $11.70 for a non-neutered pet. After April 1 the cost of a dog license will be $13.70 and $16.70, respectively.

Owners of new dogs and those owners who are new residents will pay the same fees as if the license were a renewal, $8.70 (neutered) and $11.70 (non-neutered).

In addition to the licensing requirements, all dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and the vaccination must be good for at least the first 10 months of the 12-month licensing period.

If an individual no longer owns a dog that had been licensed, he must notify the animal control office by calling 732-928-5780.

Officials said having a license can help a dog be returned to its owner if the animal gets lost. Information about the owner is contained on a tag that is worn by the dog.

A complete list of township ordinances that pertain to animals is available at the animal control office. For more information, call 732-928-5780 or 732-928-1200 and follow the prompts.

Jackson will host a free rabies vaccination clinic on March 14 at the public works garage, 10 Don Connor Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any resident of the state may bring his pet to any rabies vaccination clinic and take advantage of the free vaccination.

Dog licenses will not be available at the rabies vaccination clinic. An owner must come to the animal control office or call 732-928-5780 to find out how to obtain a dog license by mail.

All cats and dogs that are brought to the rabies vaccination clinic for a rabies shot must be at least 3 months old. If a pet has been previously vaccinated, the owner must bring proof of prior vaccination.

A free rabies vaccination clinic will also be held in Lakewood on June 20 at the Lakewood Community Center, 20 E. 4th Street, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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