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Residents Reminded to Renew Dog Licenses

Fines issued for unlicensed animals

Mayor Cory A. Booker and Director of Child and Family Well-Being L’Tanya Williamson reminds residents who own dogs that with the start of the new year they must purchase or renew licenses for them, and that applications for licenses are available in Room B-17, at City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street.
Applicants for dog licenses must present the dog or dogs’ certificates of vaccination when applying for the license. The fee for dog licenses for spayed or neutered dogs is $8.20. The fee for dogs that are not spayed or neutered is $11.20. In 2011, the City issued 791 dog licenses. Last year, the City issued 832.
“Dog licenses are a means to ensure that Newark residents who own dogs keep them properly licensed, with their vaccinations up-to-date, to help keep our City safe,” Booker said. “Additionally, licenses also help protect dogs when they get lost, enabling them to be returned to their owners. Let’s give our canine companions the love they deserve, by purchasing the licenses they require.”
Anyone who owns a dog in Newark must have a license. Each license comes with a metal tag that can be attached to the dog’s collar. Violations can result in fines of up to $50 in Newark Municipal Court.
The first license issued in 2013 went for the fourth straight year to Monster, a mixed-breed Labrador cross, owned by Kathy Muraca, a North Ward Public Schools crossing guard. Ms. Muraca purchased her dog from the Associated Humane Society of Newark’s shelter on Evergreen Avenue, in the City’s South Ward.
For more information on dog licenses, the “Scoop the Poop” campaign, and all other municipal policies and programs, contact the City of Newark’s Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.


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