NEW CLERK’S WORKSHOP APRIL 12, 2010 DOG LICENSING. GYPSY. OTIS. TRUMP & ZOE. OVERVIEW. In 1891, New Hampshire adopted a dog licensing statute. Presumably, the intent of the license was to register the ownership and liability of dog owners in case of personal
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TRUMP & ZOE
In 1891, New Hampshire adopted a dog licensing statute.
Presumably, the intent of the license was to register the
ownership and liability of dog owners in case of personal
injury or damaged property, livestock or other domestic
creatures. It is also reasonable to assume that because
the earliest paper dog licenses had very detailed
descriptions of the symptoms of hydrophobia, which is
apparent in dogs during the later stages of the rabies
disease; that the Legislature was concerned with rabies
within the dog population. These objectives of the licensing
requirement for dogs are still valid today.
What has changed over the years is the administrative obligations that
go along with dog licensing, along with the sheer number of dogs and
dog owners that are moving in and out of our communities. Many
Town and City Clerks have come to realize that the administration of
these requirements – to the point of the civil forfeitures – can often
results in very agitated dog owners and generally poor public relations
with their community.
Perhaps one of the more frustrating aspects of this process is when
the Clerk does not receive the necessary cooperation from their Police
Department to carry forward with the enforcement components of the
law. Our advice would be to fulfill your obligations under the Statute
and continue to educate your local governing body and/or your Police
Department about the important role that they play in the registration
process and the safeguard against rabies incidents.
LXVIII. Licenses-dog: current year plus one year.
LXIX. Licenses-dog, rabies certificates: disposal once recorded
RSA 466:6 Group Licenses
(The State – Dept of Agriculture usually sends out in April of each year to Clerks a invoice asking for information on how many dogs were issued that you collected the $2.00 for and how many dogs were issued that you collected the $.50 for. The total dogs will be different per fees charged – You should have received this by now and it is due by May 15th.)
* 466:39 City or Town Bylaws. Such bylaws and regulations shall relate only to dogs owned or kept in such city or town, and the annual fee required for a license shall in no case be more than $1 in addition to the sum herein provided.
UNALTERED ALTERED SENIOR GROUP
03/02/09 5 100 18 0
03/03/09 9 109 16 0
03/04/09 10 142 28 0
03/05/09 9 137 18 0
03/06/09 6 167 26 0
03/09/09 9 62 9 1
03/10/09 8 62 3 0
03/11/09 9 66 16 0
03/12/09 12 100 16 0
03/13/09 12 84 6 0
03/16/09 6 70 12 0
03/17/09 5 85 9 0
03/18/09 6 26 6 0
03/19/09 8 99 11 1
03/20/09 11 80 9 3
03/23/09 7 83 6 0
03/24/09 2 75 2 0
03/25/09 12 33 14 0
03/26/09 9 130 14 0
03/27/09 14 103 14 1
03/30/09 6 79 5 0
03/31/09 11 102 15 0
TOTAL LIC 186 1994 273 6
STATE FEES UNALTERED ALTERED SENIOR GROUP DUE STATE
$2.00 $372.00 $3,988.00 -------- $12.00 $4,004.00
$ .50 $93.00 $997.00 $136.50 ------ $1,226.50
CITY OF NASHUA – DOG REVENUES MAY 2008 – APRIL 2009
DATE UNALTERED ALTERED SENIOR GROUP TOTAL
MAY 08 204 1,305 88 9 1,606
JUNE 08 46 336 12 1 395
JULY 08 30 144 9 0 183
AUG 08 12 114 4 0 130
SEPT 08 57 214 8 0 279
OCT 08 44 254 10 2 310
NOV 08 23 102 2 0 127
DEC 08 41 109 0 0 150
JAN 09 22 70 9 0 101
FEB 09 35 222 63 1 321
MAR 09 186 1,994 273 6 2,459
APR 09 2121,714302112,239
TOTAL LIC: 912 6,578 780 30 8,300
STATE FEES #LIC UNALTERED ALTERED SENIOR GROUP DUE STATE
$2.00 7,520 $1,824.00 $13,156.00 ---- $60.00 $15,040.00
$ .50 8,270 $456.00 $ 3,289.00 $390.00 ---- $ 4,135.00
TOTAL DUE TO STATE $19,175.00
REPORT OF ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL PROGRAM & DOG LICENSE FEES COLLECTED - SAMPLE
ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL PROGRAM FEESFROM MAY 1, 2008 TO APRIL 30, 2009
This is to certify that during the period from May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009, I issued ___7,520_____ dog licenses as town clerk. In
accordance with the provision of RSA 466:4 1 (b) and Section AGR 2804.02, I am enclosing herewith the sum of $ 15.040.00___
representing two dollars for each license issued by me in the above mentioned time period.
DOG LICENSE FEESFROM MAY 1, 2008 TO APRIL 30, 2009
This is to certify that during the period from May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009, I issued _8,270____ dog licenses as town clerk. In
accordance with the provision of RSA 466:9 II, I am enclosing herewith the sum of $ 4,135.00__ representing 50 cents for each
license issued by me in the above mentioned time period.
Animal Population Control Fees + Dog License Fees = Total Remittance: ___$19,175.00_____
Title ______Deputy City Clerk_____________________________
Date ______May 2, 2009__________________________________
The above form shall be completed and returned with your check for dog license fees to the:
Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
Animal Population Control Program
PO Box 2042
Concord, NH 03302-2042
(Checks should be made payable to: Treasurer, State of NH)
Please contact 271-3697 with any questions. If we do not have your correct mailing address please make corrections below:
I. - Any person who violates any provision of RSA 466:31 shall be guilty of a violation; provided that if such person chooses to pay the civil forfeiture specified in paragraph II, the person shall be deemed to have waived the right to have the case heard in district or municipal court and shall not be prosecuted or found guilty of a violation of RSA 466:31. Any person who does not pay the civil forfeiture specified in paragraph II shall have the case disposed of in district or municipal court.
Office of the City Clerk (603) 589-3010 FEES COLLECTED - SAMPLE
229 Main Street [email protected]
Nashua, NH 03060
CITY OF NASHUA
DOG LICENSE RENEWAL
2010 - 2011
123 ANYWHERE STREET
NASHUA, NH 03060
The license for your dog listed below will expire on April 30th:
Dog’s name: MAX
Account number: 00,000
Date of rabies expiration: 06-03-2009
To license your dog by mail, please send the following to us at the above address:
1) A stamped, self-addressed return envelope.
2) This letter.
3) A check or money order, made payable to the City of Nashua, in the amount of $3.00.
4) If the dog’s rabies vaccination has expired (see above “date of rabies expiration”) , enclose a copy of the current rabies record
from your veterinarian.
New licenses will be effective from May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011. You may register your dog in person at the City Clerk’s Office
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by mail. If changes are necessary, you may make them on this letter and adjust
the fees according to the chart below:
Spayed or neutered: $7.50
NOT spayed or neutered: $10.00
“Over 65” owner, first dog only: $3.00
If the change is that your dog has been spayed or neutered since its last license, you must send us a copy of the certificate from the veterinarian.
If the change is that you are entitled to receive a senior citizen discount, please provide your NH driver’s license number here:_______________
or enclose a photocopy of a document that shows your age or birth date.
After April 30th, owners of unlicensed dogs will be subject to late fees and fines. Please call us immediately at 589-3010 if your dog has died, no
longer. resides at this address, or if you have any questions.
DID YOU LICENSE YOUR DOG FOR 2010-2011?
Our records indicate that you may own an unlicensed dog. All dogs, at least four months old, must be licensed by April 30th each year under state law. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required.
In addition to the license fee, a $1 per month late fee is assessed as of June 1st. Failure to license a dog may also result in the issuance of a $25 fine. Call us if your dog is no longer at this address, has died, or if you have any questions.
You may renew by mail. Call for further information or go to www.nashuanh.gov Select City Departments, City Clerk, then Dog Licenses.
City Clerk, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060
Open Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except holidays
(603) 589-3010 [email protected]
YOU DID NOT LICENSE YOUR DOG FOR 2010-2011
Our records indicate that your dog’s license was not renewed or that care was sought for a dog, in your name, which is currently NOT licensed. All dogs, at least four months old, must be licensed per NH law. Animal Control will soon begin serving notice of $25.00 fines to owners of unlicensed dogs. If the civil forfeiture is not paid and the dog remains unlicensed, we will then issue a Summons to Nashua District Court. CALL US IMMEDIATELY if your dog no longer resides at this address or if you have questions.
If we do not hear from you, we must assume that our records are correct, and we will issue the $25 fine IN YOUR NAME if the dog remains unlicensed. Please bring proof of a current rabies vaccination with you to the City Clerk’s Office or call for instructions on how to license your dog by mail. We are open Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
City Clerk, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-3010 [email protected]
CITY OF NASHUA FEES COLLECTED - SAMPLE
ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION
Notice of $25 Civil Forfeiture
Nashua Police Department, P.O. Box 785, Nashua, NH 03061
Office of the City Clerk, 229 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060 [email protected]
September 19, 2009
123 ANYWHERE STREET
NASHUA NH 03060
Our records indicate that you own or keep a dog which has not been licensed as required by RSA 466:1. Pursuant to RSA 466:13 you are
hereby required to pay a $25 civil forfeiture to the City Clerk’s Office (located at City Hall, 229 Main Street, Nashua) within 15 calendar
days of the notice is given. The City Clerk’s Office hours are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Any person who fails to pay the forfeiture within the allotted time will be issued a Summons to appear before the Nashua District Court where the
case may be disposed of as a violation with a fine not to exceed $50. A forfeiture shall not relieve the owner or keeper of the requirement of
proper licensing of the dog as required by RSA 466:1 (RSA 466:13).
At the time that the forfeiture is paid to the City Clerk’s Office, you will also be required to purchase license(s) for the dog(s) for 2009 – 2010.
Pursuant to RSA 466:1-a and 466:4, a current rabies vaccination and a certificate stating that the dog(s) has/have been altered (if appropriate)
will be required when obtaining the license. The required documentation can be obtained through your veterinarian.
$10.00 Male or Female or
$ 7.50 Altered (Spayed or Neutered) or
$ 3.00 Owner over 65 Years of Age (1 Dog Only)
$ 1.00 Per Month Late Charge after June 1, 2009, plus
$ 5.00 Cost of Service (RSA 466:14) plus
$25.00 Civil Forfeiture
TO BE PAID ON OR BEFORE MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009.
( ) Served in Hand. ( ) Left at last known residence. (x) Delivered by U.S. Post Office, first class mail.
Animal Control Officer City Clerk
CALL US IMMEDIATELY at 589-3010 if your dog has died, no longer resides at this address, if you are not the primary owner of the dog, or if you have any
questions. If we do not hear otherwise, we must assume that the information provided by you or your veterinarian remains accurate and unchanged, and you
will be liable for the $25 civil forfeiture and, if unpaid, you will be issued a Summons to appear in Nashua District Court.
Account Number(s): 12,345
QUESTIONS FEES COLLECTED - SAMPLE