It pays to spay, neuter your dog

  • Thu Jul 1st, 2010 9:47pm
  • News

By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — For the first time in more than a dozen years, the city has raised its dog licensing fees.

It’s still not a revenue-producing measure, but Arlington’s new ordinance should help cover the costs of returning lost dogs to their owners, city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

“We understand this is another increase for residents,” Banfield said. “To keep your costs down, though, we encourage people to have their dogs spayed or neutered and get their puppies micro-chipped for easy identification.”

An annual dog license for an unaltered dog costs $20. The fee was raised this week, up $15 for male dogs and up $10 for female dogs.

Dogs that are spayed or neutered can be licensed for $10 and those that are altered and have a microchip cost only $5 to license.

“We will still honor the lifetime licenses of $2 a year that were issued previously,” Banfield said. “We also would like for folks to provide us with updated rabies information when the shots are given.”

Fees to senior citizens are reduced, and licenses fees are not charged to people who are blind or deaf and need a dog to guide them, she said.

All dogs living in the city must be licensed.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.