Hamden Town Clerk Vera Morrison reminds all dog owners that June is Dog Licensing month, and time to purchase their 2015-2016 dog licenses/tags at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Hamden Government Center at 2750 Dixwell Ave.
Public Act 85-167 requires all dogs 6 months of age or older must be licensed and be vaccinated by the end of June. Licenses are $8 for a spayed or neutered dogs, and a spaying or neuter certificate must be shown. Unaltered dog license charges are $19.
Licenses obtained after June 30th will be charged a late penalty of $1 per month in addition to the above fees per state law. A current rabies certificate must be presented to obtain a new license and tag.
A dog without a dog tag and proper rabies vaccination tag is presumed to be unlicensed, and not protected by law. The fine to a dog owner for failure to license is $75.00 (CGS 22-349), and failure of the owner to vaccinate against rabies is $136.00 (CGS 22-339b). The fine for allowing dogs to roam is $92.00 (CGS22-364a), and owners are liable for prosecution for any damage done by your dog, including damage to shrubs, flowers and trees.
Licenses may be obtained from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. A license may be obtained by mail if the following information is provided: Owner’s name, address and phone number; dog’s name, age, sex, color and breed; proof of current rabies vaccination plus proof of spaying/neutering along with the check. The form can be found online here.
All checks should be made payable to the “Hamden Town Clerk”, and mailed to the Town Clerk’s office, c/o Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518 along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and all original papers will be returned with your dog license and tag.
The annual Dog Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the M.L.Keefe Center, 11 Pine St. Rabies shots for dogs and cats will be $20 per animal cash only, and one free vaccination will be given with a state assistance I.D.card. Hamden Dog licenses may also be purchased there.
There are no residency requirements. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Written proof, either a valid rabies certificate showing prior vaccination or a prior license, must be presented to get a three-year vaccination. Tags are not sufficient proof. Otherwise, a one-year vaccination will be given.
Call the Hamden Town Clerk’s office with any questions at (203)287-7028.