The head of Animal Control in New Canaan is reminding dog owners to have their pets licensed by Friday, following a deadline extension amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Typically dogs must be licensed each year by June 30.
Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, said she’s seen an increasing number of puppies in town parks.
“My understanding is there was a surge of purchases and adoptions of puppies, so we want to educate those people and then of course there’s an influx of people wanting to move here,” Halm said.
Those who fail to license their dogs—per state law, they must be licensed when they’re six months old in the town where they reside—face a late fee as well as $75 fine.
Proof of current rabies vaccination and spaying or neutering, if applicable, must be provided at the time of the application. More information is available here.
This year, the Town Clerk is asking that all licensing be done through the mail or online.
“No ‘in-person’ licenses will be issued due to limited access to Town Hall and for the health and safety of our residents and our employees,” according to a notice posted on the municipal website.