January 8, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ – This week, more than 1,400 computerized animal license applications were mailed to Livingston animal owners. According to Livingston Health Officer Louis Anello, the 2014 license applications for pets are due by January 31, 2014.
NOTE: The licensing application now allows licensed pet owners to obtain a Dog Park Pass for the Livingston Dog Park, as well.
Owners of currently licensed animals will be receiving a pre-printed application in the mail. Directions are pre-printed on the back of the application. If one does not already have an animal licensed in Livingston, they can find the application and directions on the Township web site at www.livingstonnj.org. Once at the site, under the “Services” tab, click “Parks & Facilities,” or, simply type “Livingston Dog Park” in the Search box on the website home page.
Each owner should verify and/or complete all information and return all copies of the license and any necessary documentation, such as: a rabies inoculation certificate or proof of spaying/neutering, which is needed to process the application.
Residents should be sure to also include a self-addressed envelope with a check or cash for the correct amount of the licensing fee and Dog Park fee (if desired).
Cat owners can also license their cats with the license. Unlicensed cats may be subjected to removal from another persons’ property if not properly identified. Licensing ones' cat will provide proper identification and eliminate concerns for feral cat habitats.
Requirements: The Township requires that every dog be licensed and immunized against rabies at the age of seven months. Proof of immunization is required either at the initial licensing or when the dog’s current rabies inoculation expires.
Documentation of a rabies certificate is needed to show that the animal is inoculated thorough the entire licensing year or for at least ten months through the year. This means that before a license can be issued to a dog owner, the dog must be vaccinated thorough October 31, 2014. Any rabies vaccine that expires prior to October 31, must be revaccinated before a license will be issued.
New Jersey state laws require the owners of non-neutered or non-spayed dogs to pay an additional fee of $500. Proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered must accompany the application when the dog is first licensed or when a dog is relicensed after a spaying or neutering operation. Once this proof is on file at the Health Department, no further documentation needs to be submitted for the life of the dog.
Fees: The license for a non-neutered or non-spayed dog is $20.00. A license for a neutered or spayed dog is $15.00. There is a $5.00 late fee for those owners who neglect to obtain a license for a dog prior to March 1 of the licensing year. The same fee structure applies to licensing cats.
The cost of a Livingston Dog Park Pass is $10.00 for Livingston residents and $20.00 for non-residents with proof of a current license from their community of residence.
“It is essential that we have full compliance for all animal owners to have their pets immunized and licensed,” said Anello. “Any dog owners who do not obtain current licenses for their pets are liable for a summons, a possible court appearance, and fines.”
The Health Department is located in the Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue.