Attention local dog lovers! It’s that time of year again, when dog licenses expire.
All 2013 licenses expire on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and 2014 licenses are currently available through the Town Clerk’s Office. Dogs that are not licensed by March 31 will be subject to a late fee of $25 and a fine of up to $50.
Tag numbers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, according to a notice from the town, which notes licenses may be obtained in several ways: in-person at the Town House, online or by mail.
The licenses cost $15 for dogs that are neutered or spayed, or $20 for dogs that are not.
Licenses may also be obtained by mail or online. A renewal form will be sent in the mail with the 2014 Census, or you can obtain your license early by renewing in person. Online renewals are now available at the Town’s Web Site – www.concordma.gov -- click “Online Payments” on the website’s front page, and proceed from there. Or send us your name and address, your dog’s name, breed and gender, a check for $20 payable to the Town of Concord ($15 if your dog is neutered or spayed—veterinarian proof is required), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail to: Town Clerk, P.O. Box 535, Concord, MA 01742.
All dogs of over six months of age are required to be licensed and tagged, according to state law. A current rabies vaccination is also required.
Dogs that have been licensed in Concord in the past, or which see a local veterinarian, may already have their rabies certificates on file with the town, according to the Town Clerk’s notice. However, recent vaccinations may not yet be on file.
Residents who did not license their dogs last year will be required to purchase a license for last year, as well as a 2014 license.
Anyone with questions about dog licenses or who wishes to verify rabies status should contact the Concord Town Clerk’s Office at 978-318-3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.