, Derry, New Hampshire

June 27, 2013

Londonderry residents reminded to register dogs

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — There have been a lot of reminders, but there are still many dogs living in town without a current registration tag hanging on their collars.

Town officials are urging residents to get to Town Hall and register their dogs — or face fines and late charges.

Town Clerk Meg Seymour said even though she has sent out numerous reminder cards, and other information about dog licensing deadlines, there are still many still needing that tag.

“We send out postcards in March that April is license your dog month, then another second notice in May,” she said.

Right now, Londonderry has upward of 1,000 dogs out of compliance, officials said.

Now it’s time to send out the more official notices. Those who do not register their dogs will be faced with late charges and a civil forfeiture charge.

Those costs are $30 for the fine and $25 for the forfeiture amount, plus another $1 per month in late charges.

That’s a far cry from the bargain prices if people come in on time to get a dog license, Seymour said.

Those charges are $6.50 for a spayed or neutered animal; $9 for unneutered or nonspayed; and $2 for the first dog for senior citizens.

“It’s better to come in sooner than later,” Seymour said.

Acting Town Manager Bill Hart urged everyone to get to Town Hall and take care of the dogs.

“Otherwise, we’ll have to take the appropriate steps,” he said.