Connecticut Dog Owners Face Penalties for Unlicensed Dogs that Bite

Across Connecticut this month local Town Clerks are asking that all dog owners license their dogs and register them with their county.  June has been named “License Your Dog Month” in Connecticut in an effort to ensure that dogs in the state are properly vaccinated against rabies.

Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination certificate to get a dog license.  The license is a way to prove that the dog is current on its shots.  In addition, the license will help protect the dog and owner if the dog bites someone.  Veterinarian Kimberly McClure Brinton stresses the importance of keeping your dog up to date on his shots.

“If an animal is not up to date and they bite someone, the owner will in most cases be forced to have the animal euthanized and tested for rabies or pay for a quarantine of up to six months.”

In order to help people comply with the licensing laws rabies clinics across the state will be in full swing this month.  These clinics offer a less expensive way to ensure that your dog complies and is protected from rabies.

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that all pet owners do their part in protecting both their dogs and the public from the risks associated with rabies.


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