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Licensing

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 for a spayed or neutered dog and $25 for a dog that is not spayed or neutered. Before a license can be issued, a dog must have a rabies vaccination at a veterinarian’s clinic. It is the owners responsibility to bring their rabies certificate and proof of spay or neuter with them.

Owners of unlicensed dogs may be fined up to $150.00 per dog.

Licenses are good for 1 calendar year and expire in December of each year.

Dog licenses can be purchased at the Sheriff’s Office, 1109 K Avenue in La Grande, Monday-Friday from 8-5.

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.