Dog biscuits at Town Hall a reminder that license deadline looms in Stonington

Dog biscuits at Town Hall a reminder that license deadline looms in Stonington


STONINGTON — Careful! Those dark, thin wafers in the cookie jar on Leslie Packer’s desk aren’t chocolate cookies, they’re dog biscuits — a reminder that June 30 is the deadline for renewing dog licenses.

Packer, an assistant town clerk, has the biscuits ready as a reward for obedient dog owners who come in before July 1 to renew the canine friends’ licenses.

“The town has more than 2,500 licensed dogs and we’ve renewed about 700 of them so far,” Packer said Friday. “We still have a lot more to go.”

As soon as a dog reaches the age of six months, state law requires the owner to license the dog in the Town Clerk’s office where the owner resides.

To register, bring a current rabies certificate and, if the dog is spayed or neutered, a spay or neuter certificate.

After June 30, by law, the town will charge an additional $1 per month for each month a dog over the age of six months is not licensed.

New dog owners and new residents who own dogs are required to register and license their dogs regardless of the month of the year.

Per the Stonington Police Department, residents must be at least 18 years of age to be the registered owner of a dog.

Dog registration fees are: Male $19; neutered male $8; female $19; spayed female $8. Checks are payable to Town Clerk, Stonington.

Owners of multiple dogs must fill out a form for each dog and pay the proper fee for each.

Registration is also available by mail. To download forms and instructions, go to:

Call the Town Clerk if you no longer have your dog so that files can be updated.

Registrations postmarked after 12 a.m. on June 30 will result in an additional $1 charge.

For more information, call the Town Clerk’s office at 860-535-5060.

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