Dog licenses are required for all dogs at the age of six months, or within 30 days of residency in the County. Licenses are $15 a year regardless of whether the dog is spay/neutered or not. Before a license can be issued, a dog must have a rabies vaccination at a veterinarian’s clinic. Owners of unlicensed dogs may be fined up to $150.00 per dog. Dog licenses are purchased at the animal shelter at 3212 Hwy30, or call 963-0807 for information. Elgin residents, contact your city hall.
Dog owners can have up to three adult dogs (not including puppies) on the premises at a time. If you have more than 3 adult dogs contact Animal Control to see if a Kennel License is required. A Kennel License is $50.00.
A license identities your dog as yours, showing everyone your dog is not a homeless stray, that the owner cares enough to register the pet legally. Your dog’s personal data is kept on computer. Should an officer or private party find your dog, you will be notified as soon as possible. If your dog is injured or sick and impounded, Animal Control guarantees emergency or life threatening treatment or stabilization of a sick or injured animal bearing a license tag. Local veterinarians are also more willing to invest emergency treatment in a sick or injured animal bearing a license tag.