New Canaan Police to Seek Out Unlicensed Dogs' Owners

It's not too late to license your dog and avoid a $75 fine, but do it before police come to your house because you're on the "delinquency list."


Dog owners who haven’t licensed their pets soon will get a knock on the door and will face a $75 per-canine fine from the New Canaan Police Department.

According to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt of the department’s animal control unit, some 500 dog owners from 2011 hadn’t licensed their pets as of Aug. 1 last year (against a July 1 deadline)—landing on the “delinquent dog licensing list.”

Many of those residents have since registered their dogs, but police officers now will start making house calls on those that haven’t, Kleinschmitt said.

“When we go to the house and if they still live there and still have that dog, they will get a ticket,” she said.

Specifically, the owners will be cited for failure to license a dog, an infraction offense.

If the dog also hasn’t been vaccinated for rabies, the owners face an additional $136 fine, she said. (The state also imposes a $1-per-month fine.)

Dog owners seeking to avoid the late fee (Kleinschmitt herself has to issue the fine as the enforcement officer; Town Clerk is licensing agency) can still get to the Town Clerk at 237 Elm St. for their dog license and their names will be removed from the delinquency list straightaway.

Here’s all the information you need on town dog licenses, straight from the town website. All dogs six months or older must register with the Town Clerk.

Michael Dinan February 14, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Hey everyone: I spoke to Town Clerk Claudia Weber and I have some context that may be helpful for people who think the town is burning a lot of resources on this effort, however important you think that effort may be. Currently there are 42 dogs whose owners are on the delinquent list. As of Aug. 1, there were about 500 and that was the number I reported in the story above—I just got this new information. It was not my intention to cause consternation or anxiety. -Mike
Cath February 14, 2013 at 08:48 PM
What will they be making house calls for next? To make sure we are feeding our children adequately? To make sure that we have fire alarms? To make sure we've registered our firearms? Or just for the hell of it...
Four Jacks February 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Why are they making house calls, can't they call people first and visit if they don't get a response?
Glen K Dunbar February 15, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Why can't someone just help me w/my wifes dogs. Why can't somebody give me a nicer life.
Michael Dinan February 21, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Hi all: Seven New Canaan dog owners made their pets "legal beagles" by licensing them since this article ran, NCPD says. -Mike


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