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The collecting official, your local Municipal Treasurer, shall be responsible for the collection of all dog tax and issuance of all licenses during the license year.

Pursuant to Chapters 95 and 174, Wisconsin Statutes, notice is hereby given to all owners of dogs in Marinette County that a rabies vaccination and dog license are required.

Vaccination by a veterinarian against rabies of all dogs is required (Section 95.21 (2)) within thirty (30) days after the dog reaches four (4) months of age and re-vaccinated within one year after the initial vaccination. Older vaccinated dogs must be re-vaccinated when the certificate expires or within three (3) years of the previous vaccination. Certificates of current vaccination must be presented when obtaining a dog license.

The owner of a dog more than five (5) months of age on January 1 of any year, or five (5) months of age within the license year, shall annually, or on or before the date the dog becomes 5 months of age, pay the dog license tax and obtain a license (Section 174.05).

The minimum dog license tax is $3.00 for a neutered male dog or spayed female dog, upon presentation of evidence that the dog is neutered or spayed, and $8.00 for an unneutered male dog or unspayed female dog, or one-half of these amounts if the dog became 5 months of age after July 1 of the license year. The governing body may raise the minimum dog license tax.

PENALTIES: A late fee of $5.00 shall be assessed the owner of each dog five (5) months of age or older who fails to obtain a dog license prior to April 1st of the current year, or within 30 days of acquiring ownership of a licensable dog or if the owner failed to obtain a license on or before the dog reached licensable age (Section 174.05 (5)). The governing body may also increase the amount of the late fee.

An owner who fails to have a dog vaccinated against rabies as required by Statute, may be required to forfeit not less than $50.00 nor more than $100.00 (Section 95.21 (10)).

Bobbie Borkowski
Marinette County Clerk