Now is a good time to get a dog license from the City of Sartell.
The cost of a license is lower now until June 1. During this time, a license for a spayed or neutered dog is $15 or $30 for a dog that is not spayed or neutered. After June 1, that cost will go up to $25 and $40. If an owner has three or more dogs, a kennel license is needed.
City staff recently sent out license-renewal notices to dog owners. Renewal costs are the same as above. All that people need to get a license or renew one is a certificate showing the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.
There is a good reason why the city requires dogs be licensed, city staff noted. If someone finds a stray dog and calls the city, the dog is taken by city maintenance workers and stored in the maintenance garage until the owner is notified. However, that can be done only if the dog’s name is on the license data base and if the dog is wearing its license tag. If the dog is not wearing its tags or has no license, it’s taken to the Tri-County Humane Society. The owner will have to pay a fee to get the animal back and another fee to the city.
Money from dog licenses goes to buy doggie potty bags the city makes available to people when they walk their dogs.
Dog licenses can be purchased at Sartell City Hall or online. Be sure to bring a certificate for the dog’s updated rabies vaccine. For more information, call 320-253-2171.