"Renew dog licences now!"
This is the advice from Animal Control Officer, Curtis Thompson who is reminding the public that under the Dogs (Licensing and Control) Act 1981-13, a licence is valid for a period of twelve months from the date of issue.
According to Mr. Thompson, the Centre had been sending reminders to owners since January, but to no avail. "Persons are not coming forward to have their dogs licensed as they should, particularly in the parishes of St. Peter, St. Lucy, St. Andrew and St. John," he said.
The cost of a licence for one dog is $5.00 for one year and $10.00 for three years. Dog owners, who pay twice the amount of the prescribed fee, will be entitled to a valid licence for three years. A licence is renewable within a month after the expiry date.
Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $100.00 or imprisonment for a term of one month, or both.
Licences for dogs may be obtained from the Animal Control Centre in Black Rock, Six Roads Polyclinic in St. Philip, and the Maurice Byer Polyclinic in St. Peter.
Meanwhile, persons with disabilities or shut-ins are asked to contact the Centre at 425-5559 in order to make arrangements for licensing or renewals.