Town of Orono recently issued the following announcement.
The State of Maine requires that a dog upon reaching the age of 6 months or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days, be licensed in the town where the owner resides.
Why must my dog be registered?
Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet and anyone who may come in contact with the animal. Residents should also know that by licensing their dog they are directly fighting animal cruelty and abuse. Most people do not realize that up to 90% of their dog license fees go directly to the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Dog license fees account for 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program’s entire funding and without these fees, the State would be unable to protect the animals of this state.
Is registering my dog difficult? Dog licenses expire on December 31st of each year. Additional late fees of $25 per dog are imposed by the State of Maine and may not be waived. To receive the license, dog owners must show a State of Maine rabies certificate, spay or neuter certificate, and provide your dog’s veterinarian’s name and phone number (if this information isn’t already on file at the Clerk’s office). The cost to register is $6.00 for an altered dog, $11.00 for an unaltered one. Dangerous dogs are $100.
One question which comes up frequently at the front counter is: “How would the Town know that I had a dog?” Since 2007, veterinarian offices must provide certificates of rabies vaccination to the State Office of Animal Welfare. The agency forwards the owner’s contact information and animal’s record to the city/town in which the dog owner lives. Municipal Clerks must record the dog’s record within the town’s licensing program and forward a list of unlicensed dogs to the local animal control officer or police department.
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