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Is Your Dog Legal? You must license your dog in Chino Valley, Arizona

WHY MUST I LICENSE MY DOG?

Chino Valley Town Ordinance 90.26B requires every dog residing in the limits of the Town of Chino Valley to wear a valid license tag. If your dog is not licensed, you may be charged with a class 3 misdemeanor. The maximum penalties for a class 3 misdemeanor is up to $500 in fines and 30 days in jail.

Making sure your dog has a current license attached to its collar is your best insurance of having your dog returned to you if lost or stolen. It also insures us and anyone that comes into contact with your dog that he or she is vaccinated against rabies.

MY DOG NEVER LEAVES THE YARD, WHY DO I HAVE TO BUY A LICENSE?

The Town Ordinance states that all dogs residing in the Town of Chino Valley shall wear a collar to which is attached a valid license tag.

Even dogs that "never leave the yard" sometimes get out through accidental open gates or other accidents. A disaster such as a fire or break in, may cause your dog to flee to safety. Having a valid dog license on its collar will help us reunite you with your lost dog.

HOW MUCH DOES A LICENSE COST?

Licenses for dogs that are spayed or neutered are $6.00

Licenses for dogs that are not spayed or neutered are $35.00

HOW LONG IS A LICENSE VALID?

The license year is from January 1st to December 31st. You may purchase your license for the next year as early as October of the previous year. Licenses purchased after March 31st are "late" and an $18.00 penalty fee is charged.

WHEN SHOULD I LICENSE MY DOG?

The law requires dogs to be rabies vaccinated and licensed at four (4) months of age. New residents should license their dogs within 30 days or at four months of age. The sooner your dog is licensed, the sooner you and your dog is protected.

IS MY DOG REQUIRED TO HAVE ITS VACCINATIONS FIRST?

Although a distemper is very important, the only vaccination required for licensing is a Rabies vaccination. The vaccination must be valid for the entire license year, or it must be boostered before licensing.

Even though your dog may receive a 3-year rabies vaccination, you MUST still renew the license every year.

WHERE CAN I GET A LICENSE?

Licenses are sold at:

CHINO VALLEY ANIMAL CONTROL - 636-4223

YAVAPAI HUMANE SOCIETY IN CHINO VALLEY - 277-4521

CIRCLE L ANIMAL HOSPITAL - 636-4421

CHINO VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL - 636-4382

WHEN ARE THE RABIES CLINICS?

Rabies clinics are held once a month in October, November, February and March.

The participating veterinary hospitals reduce the price of vaccinations at the clinics, and the cost of license for a dog that is not spayed or neutered is reduced from $35.00 to $20.00.

No appointment is necessary, and you can contact Animal Control Dispatch at 636-4223 for dates and locations of clinics.