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Dog license renewal deadline approaches

The countdown is on for Central Okanagan dog owners to save some money by renewing their pet’s license. 

Feb. 28 is the deadline to renew your 2011 dog tag for $20 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $60 if it isn’t. After that, a $20 late fee will be added for license renewals.

“The benefits of a dog license are very clear. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it, but having a dog tag on your pet’s collar makes it very easy for our dog control officers and pound staff to re-unite stray pets with their owners,” said Bruce Smith, spokesman for the Central Okanagan Regional District.

“Often it’s a matter of just a couple of phone calls so paying the $20 license fee now is a small price and could save you money.  

“That’s because almost 75 per cent of the dogs that end up at the pound are not licensed, so before their pet is released their owners have to pay an additional $100 fee, on top of the regular impound and licensing fees.”

Revenue from the sale of licenses also helps offset the cost of providing dog control services throughout the entire regional district and keep people, dogs and other animals safe while promoting responsible dog ownership.

More than 11,000 license renewal notices were sent out last month to dog owners across the Central Okanagan. There are almost two dozen locations from Peachland to Lake Country for people to purchase their dog license.

A list of license agents is printed on the license renewal notice but is also available in the dog control section of the regional district website, regionaldistrict.com. Local dog owners are reminded that the Dog Control Bylaw only requires the regional district to hold a dog at the pound for up to 72 hours. 

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