MASON, Mich. — In the state of Michigan, the law states that every owned dog must have a dog license to the county they reside in. In Ingham County, it is a misdemeanor offense and it is taken seriously. Ingham County dogs MUST have a current dog tag affixed to their collar at all time. A dog license could be the difference between your lost dog being lost permanently or reunited with their owners.
To purchase a dog license, the dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Rabies is a fatal virus, and the vaccine is the only way to keep your pets safe from accidently contracting it. Dog license costs vary from county to county. In Ingham County, the cost of a one-year license is $15 if the dog has already been spayed/ neutered and $45 if they have not been altered. Three-year licenses are available if there are three years remaining on the dogs’ rabies vaccination. The cost of three-year license for a sterilized dog is $35 and $125 for an intact dog.
With concern to the COVID-19 conditions, licensing enforcement by animal control officers had been suspended since March 17. Animal Control Officers will resume licensing enforcement on July 6, 2020. To assist the public with compliance, especially families that have seen lost or reduced income, a special vaccination and licensing event will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. ICACS veterinary staff and volunteers will be at the Ingham County Fairgrounds to hold a drive through vaccination clinic for dogs only. This clinic will provide free rabies vaccinations to car-friendly dogs, and allow owners an opportunity to purchase a dog license on the spot. No distemper vaccinations or microchips will be sold at this clinic and the clinic is for dogs only. (This clinic will be in the place of the previously scheduled July 10th clinic.) Social distancing practices will be observed. Cars are asked to enter the fairs grounds off Ash Street and exit on Kipp Road. The clinic will be held in the brick barn just south of the Fair office. (See attached map) Look for direction signs and volunteers.
Licenses may also be purchased at the downtown Lansing treasurer’s office, the Mason treasurer’s office, and the Mason Animal Shelter. Licenses may also be purchased at participating veterinarians. Please see https://ac.ingham.org/departments_and_officials/animal_control/dog_and_kennel_licenses.php for more information.
For more information on other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370, visit the ICAC website at www.ac.ingham.org, or visit the shelter at 600 Buhl St. in Mason.Ingham County Animal Control is open M,T,Th,F,Sa 10:30-5pm and W 10:30-6pm. The shelter is closed on county observed holidays.
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