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Easton Doggies Need Licenses, Too

Bud Jennings lines up at the Easton Town Clerk's office at 8 a.m. every June 1 to make sure his dog, Zac, gets the first dog license.

All dogs 6 months and older must be licensed in the month of June. This year, Derek Buckley, Easton's town clerk, has been working hard to upgrade the town's licenses to include a picture of the dog -- making it easier to identify a lost pooch. The picture will be stored electronically for the animal control officer to see.

Members of the Easton Senior Center have volunteered to take photos of dogs whose owners don't have any. This service will be at no cost to the town or residents. Those who have photos can bring in a hard copy or email it in jpg format.

Residents must bring a valid rabies certificate, the name and telephone number of the owner and an address where the dog can be found. The town clerk's office also needs the name, age, breed and color of the dog.

Licenses cost $8 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $19 if not. Kennel licenses cost $50 for up to 50 dogs, plus $.10 per dog tag. There is a $1 late fee for each month or part of a month after June.

The town clerk's office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The town clerk can be reached at (203) 268-6291 or by email at townclerk@eastonct.gov. The town clerk's office will be open late for dog license renewal on June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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