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Posted on Jan 22, 2015

Is your Fido licensed? A dog license is mandatory in Quincy

The Quincy Animal Shelter is reminding people that licensing a dog annually with the city is among a dog owner’s responsibilities.

There are several reasons why dog owners should license their pets, said Rachel Lewis, manager of the city’s animal shelter, in a press release. Those reasons include:

— It’s the law. In Quincy, it is mandatory that residents have their dogs licensed. If dogs are caught without a license, owners will be fined, Lewis said. Licenses are renewed annually and must be displayed on the dog at all times.

— If your dog goes missing, having a license on your pet drastically improves your chances of getting it back, Lewis said. A license tag helps animal control and shelter staff to quickly identify a dog.

— Licensing a dog lets everyone know your pet is current on its rabies vaccinations, Lewis added. That’s because a dog cannot be licensed unless it is properly vaccinated.

To get a city dog license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccination. The first vaccination is required at the age of 4 months and needs to be updated every one or three years, depending on the type of vaccination given.

When getting a dog license, owners also must bring proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered or AKC or UKC registration papers for the dog. A license costs $5 for altered animals and $12 for registered, non-altered animals.