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Mansfield has an active licensing program to ensure all dogs are being licensed.
The animal Control Officers enforce State Statute 22-338 licensing of dogs.
Purpose of Licensing
A number of studies have been conducted to determine the effects of proactive licensing programs. Many states have found that active licensing and strict enforcement of licensing laws helps:
- Rabies Control (Still a Present Issue)
- Identification of Dogs Involved in Bite/Attack Incidents
- Owner Identification and Location
- Source of Revenue for Municipal and State Canine Control Programs Such as the Animal Population Program
- Control of Roaming Dogs
- Reduction of Domestic Dog Damage
Less Time & Low Cost
Did you know that a dog wearing a license is easier to deal with, requires less time, and does not cost the town or dog owner as much money as a dog which is not licensed? If a dog is captured and is wearing a license the owner can be notified promptly, saving impoundment time, advertising fees, and care during impoundment.
If a person is bitten/attacked by a dog with a license, the medical history can be obtained from the owner in a short period of time - thus relieving the anxiety of having to go through the rabies series. We should not lose sight of the fact that rabies is found in our state’s wildlife population.