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Dog Licensing

If your dog is more than 5 months of age a license is required. You must provide proof of current rabies vaccination to purchase your license. A license can be purchased from your municipal clerk from January 1st through January 31st of each year.  Licensing is also available from the County Clerk year-round.

LICENSE FEES

License fees are $5.00 for a neutered/spayed and $10.00 for an unneutered/unsprayed dog.  A kennel license is $45.00 for up to 12 dogs and $3.00 for additional dog.  A late penalty of $5.00 is assessed per dog after March 31st of each year. The fee will be increased to $30.00 for all license fees received after June 30 of each year.

The below notice is published in the local newspaper each year in January and again in March as a reminder to all dog owners.

NOTICE TO ALL DOG OWNERS – LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

RABIES

Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies within 30 days after the dog reaches 4 months of age and revaccinated within one year.   Adult dogs must be vaccinated every three years.   WI Stats 95.21(2)

LICENSES

If your dog is more than 5 months of age on January 1st of any year, a license is required.   You must provide proof of rabies vaccination to receive your license.   WI Stats 174.05(1) and 174.07(1)(a) and (b)

FEES

License fees are $5 for a neutered/spayed and $10 for an unneutered/unsprayed dog.   A kennel license is $45 for up to 12 dogs, and $3 for each additional dog. A late penalty of $5.00 is assessed per dog after March 31st. A late penalty fee of $5.00 per dog is assessed for any fee received after March 31, 2015 thru June 30, 2015. The fee will be increased to $30.00 for all license fees received after June 30, 2015.  WI Stats 174.05(2), 174.053(1), 174.05(5) and 174.053(1).   Rusk County Ordinance Ch. 15.05(K).

PENALTIES

Failure to vaccinate your dog is subject to forfeit not less than $50 or more than $100.   Failure to have your dog licensed is subject to a forfeit not less than $25 or more than $100.   An owner who allows his dog to run at large or be untagged is subject to a forfeit of not less than $25 or more than $100 for first offense.  WI Stats 95.21(10)(a), 174.042(4).

Renew Your Dog’s License Online

Click here to renew your dog’s license.