It’s time to license your dog again. Wisconsin State Statute 174.05 requires all dogs over 5 months old have a current license. In order to get a license, you must have your dog vaccinated against rabies. Other pets, such as cats and ferrets, should also be vaccinated but it is not required by law.
Every year 30,000 to 40,000 people in the U.S. get rabies shots due to exposure (bite, scratch, etc.) to an unvaccinated animal. Last year 50 animal exposure cases were investigated by the Washburn County Health Department, and almost a third of the dogs and cats involved were not vaccinated against rabies. Those pets that were not vaccinated were quarantined at a veterinarian office for 10 days at the owner’s expense. This can cost hundreds of dollars, in addition to the fine.
Dog licensing is required yearly through your city/township Clerk’s office. Contact information for clerks can be found on the county website at www.co.washburn.wi.us or by calling the Washburn County Clerk’s office at 715-468-4600 for local information.