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Low-Cost Rabies Clinic Scheduled Ahead Of Dog Licensing Month



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UPDATE: Due to incorrect information from the Town Clerk's Office, the time of this clinic was incorrectly listed in this week's Newtown Bee web and print edition calendar - and in this release. The hours are 9 - 11 am, Saturday, May 14.

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Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead reminds Newtown residents that June is Dog Licensing Month. All dogs in town over six months must be licensed. Last year 2,024 dog tags were issued.

Licensing a dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, as the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license. Connecticut law requires all dogs must wear their assigned tag. This will assist animal control and others to identify a dog should they become lost or run away.

Dog licenses, with a current rabies certificate on file, may be renewed online starting June 1. Fees are set by Connecticut State Statute and are as follows: dogs who are spayed or neutered, $8; dogs who are not spayed or neutered, $19.

Renewal reminders will be mailed end of May for currently licensed dogs.

Registration can be done through the mail, by returning paperwork, a check made out to Town of Newtown for the appropriate amount, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Newtown Municipal Center — Town Clerk’s Office, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown CT 06470; in person at the municipal center, and have a copy of the dog’s current rabies certificate (if not already on file) and a copy of the spaying or neutering certificate (if not already on file); or online at newtown-ct.gov/town-clerk/pages/dog-license-information.

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccines

The Town of Newtown this week also announced details for its annual Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic.

Cat and dog owners are invited to participate in the event. Newtown residency is not required.

This year’s event is planned for Saturday, May 14, from 9 am to 11 am, rain or shine. A tent will be set up in the event of inclement weather.

It will take place at a new location: Newtown Animal Control Shelter, 21 Old Farm Road.

Cost is $20 per pet, cash only.

The animal’s rabies certificate — not tags — showing prior vaccination or the current dog license certificate showing that the animal’s rabies expiration date is valid until June 12, 2022 must be presented to qualify for a three year vaccination dose. Otherwise, animals will receive a one year dose.

Vaccines will be provided first come, first served. There are no reservations.

Contact the Office of the Town Clerk for additional information, 203-270-4214.

At the Newtown Animal Shelter, Suada Likovic (left), Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead with Buddy (adopted from the shelter), Valerie Moss, and Carolee Mason with Chance (a 16-month-old male German Shepherd, trained, neutered, and up-to-date with shots, ready for adoption), are promoting a Rabies Clinic on May 14. —Bee Photo, Taylor
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