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June 1 Will be Here Soon - Make Sure You Have Your Dog License

Post Date:04/20/2017 2:56 PM

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Each summer, the Oakland County Animal Control Division conducts a census to ensure compliance with the Michigan State Dog Law of 1919 that requires all dogs age four months and older have a license. Licensing is an important public safety issue as it ensures that the dogs residing in our community have current rabies vaccinations.


Residents may purchase a dog license from the Wixom City Clerk's office, from many veterinary offices, at the Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center at 1700 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, or online at oakgov.com/petadoption. From January 1st until June 1st, the price for a dog license is $7.50 for a dog that has been spayed/neutered and $15 for a dog that has not been spayed/neutered. Senior Citizens age 65 and up can purchase a dog license for $6.75 (spayed or neutered) or $13.50 (not spayed or neutered). 

However, beginning June 2nd, people who have not purchased a current year dog license are considered delinquent. After June 1st, all dog licenses cost $30.00. These fees are set by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

On June 2nd, Oakland County Animal Control Census Team workers will begin going door to door in various communities in an attempt to bring the public into compliance with the State Law. Residents found to be housing dogs that are not licensed will be issued courtesy citations by our census team workers and given a period of time to comply with the law. Afterwards, Oakland County Animal Control Officers with Special Deputy status will be dispatched to issue citations that will require a court appearance. 

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