West Hartford Dog Owners: Time to Renew Your Dog License

Dog licenses must be renewed by June 30. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Dog licenses are required to be renewed by June 30.

By Ronni Newton

Dog license renewal forms are being sent to dog owners throughout the state, including to the 3,000-plus whose canines are currently licensed in West Hartford.

West Hartford Town Clerk Essie Labrot is urging all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are “legal.” West Hartford permits three dogs per household in accordance with a town ordinance.

According to Labrot, state law requires all dogs that are 6 months or older to be registered. Licensed dogs receive numbered tags that serve as identification for any pet that may wander away.

The state also requires all dogs to be current on their rabies vaccination. A new rabies vaccination certificate must be submitted along with the registration form if the existing certificate has expired prior to July 1, 2022.

If a pet being licensed for the first time, or has been spayed or neutered within the past year, a certificate from the veterinarian must be provided.

The cost for a dog license is $8 for neutered or spayed animals and $19 for those that are unaltered.

“Please note: New Connecticut law requires any commercial kennel or dog day care facility to keep proof of a current rabies vaccination and a current town license,” Labrot said.

Dog license applications can be returned via mail to Town Clerk, Town of West Hartford, 50 South Main Street, Room 313, West Hartford CT 06107, or can dropped off in the drop box in front of Town Hall. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and the Town Clerk’s Office will mail you the license and tag. If a new application form is needed, it can be found on the town’s website.

For additional questions, please call 860-561-7430 or email [email protected].

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