Martha, you are correct except for those who are charter towns and have the ability (per their charter) to set additional fees as the council or select board passes.  We have additional fees for those who are late and it increases the longer the dog is not registered.





Donna Kinville

South Burlington City Clerk, CMC & CVC


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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Martha Harrison
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:42 PM
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Subject: Re: dog fines


Dog fees and late fees are set in statute and should be the same in every town.


West Windsor


20 V.S.A. § 3581. General Requirements

(a) A person who is the owner of a dog or wolf-hybrid more than six months old shall annually on or before April 1 cause it to be registered, numbered, described, and licensed on a form approved by the secretary for one year from that day in the office of the clerk of the municipality wherein the dog or wolf-hybrid is kept…Dog or wolf-hybrid owners shall pay for the license $4.00 for each neutered dog or wolf-hybrid, and $8.00 for each unneutered dog or wolf-hybrid. If the license fee for any dog or wolf-hybrid is not paid by April 1, its owner or keeper may thereafter procure a license for that license year by paying a fee of 50 percent in excess of that otherwise required.



From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Heidi Racht
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:24 PM
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Subject: Re: dog fines


Our fees are:

$18 / $12 s/n April 1

$27 / $18 s/n after April 1

However, there is no enforcement.

We call those who have not reregistered; there is nothing to enforce dogs never registered.

Except... the threat that a dog picked up for any reason that is not registered can get a civil fine in the form of a ticket.


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM, Town Of Weston <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Weston fees

Late fees:  $2 for a neutered/spayed dog (total $10) and $4 for non-neutered/non-spayed (total $16)


Kim Seymour
Town of Weston
POB 98
12 Lawrence Hill Rd
Weston, VT 05161
Phone 802-824-6645
Fax 802-824-4121

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Subject: dog fines
From: Town Admin <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, September 02, 2014 10:46 am
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What do other towns do when a pet owner fails to register a dog by the annual April 1 deadline? What are your late fees/penalties? Do you issue municipal tickets?


Sandi Switzer

Wallingford Town Administrator

75 School Street

Wallingford, VT 05773



Heidi Racht, Huntington Town Clerk


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