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Keep your pet up-to-date

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Like much of technology, your dog or cat must be updated every year.

It is required throughout the county to license your pet, but luckily it is a fairly painless process. It requires a small fee and proof of rabies vaccination. The costs vary though, as well as the location and jurisdiction associated with each license.

Places under the county’s jurisdiction include Blue River, Dillon, Silverthorne and Copper Mountain. Spayed and neutered pets have an immediate advantage in the process, facing a cost of only $15 per year. Pets that are not fixed, and considered used for breeding, are charged $45 per year.

Money collected from the licenses is used to offset animal control costs, according to executive director of the Summit County Animal Shelter, Nancy Ring. Hence the increased fee for an animal that has not been spayed or neutered. The potential for unchecked reproduction causes more trouble and costs for animal control services.

The county also provides a three-year license option, which is $40 for spayed and neutered pets, $125 for others.

County mandates aside, there are obvious benefits from the program. Ultimately, all dogs are required to have a rabies vaccination, eliminating the disease from wandering the streets of the county. Additionally, if a wandering pet becomes lost, Ring said, “It is much easier for animal control to pick up, identify, and return the pet.”

Unlike human vaccinations, the rabies shot does not fight the disease for life. A rabies shot is required in the pet’s first and second year and then subsequently every three years after.

Frisco and Breckenridge have their own municipal requirements and prices, and the licenses must be obtained at the town’s respective town hall. Per year, the price for a license in both Frisco and Breckenridge is $5 for spayed or neutered pets, $10 for those that are not. Anywhere outside those towns, the license can be obtained at the Summit County Animal Shelter.

Many visitors disobey this law every year.

“A dog only has to be here two weeks to be considered a resident,” Ring said.

According to county law, visitors that stay for two weeks or longer must have their dog licensed in Summit County. After two weeks without being properly licensed, the visiting dog is subject to the same fines and penalties as permanent residents.

The license is good for one calendar year and must be renewed at that time. For more information regarding rabies shots and getting a license for your pet, contact the Summit County Animal Shelter near Frisco, or the town halls of Frisco or Breckenridge.

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