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Animals & Pets

WHPD Animal Control and Protection Division

On a daily basis, officers in the Animal Control and Protection Division perform a variety of services that help animals and humans alike. They rescue injured animals; control stray and potentially dangerous domestic and wild animals roaming at large; and bring lost pets into the animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them.

The division takes an active role in enforcing local and state ordinances concerning the licensing and treatment of animals. Every complaint and cruelty case is investigated, and arrests can be made when individuals are found to be in noncompliance with the laws.

The Animal Control Officer also operates an animal adoption program and maintains the shelter where strays are kept and cared for on a temporary basis. Their placement record is outstanding -- the vast majority of impounded dogs and cats are either returned to their owners, or are found new and loving homes. The division's web site, which includes photos and descriptions of pets available for adoption, helps facilitate that process. Click www.PetFinder.com

They can be reached at: West Hartford Police Department, 103 Raymond Road, West Hartford, CT 06107,  860/523-2018.

Dog Licenses

If your dog is six months or older, state law requires that you obtain a license in the town where you reside. Licensing renewal time is the month of June, but you can license your dog at any time throughout the year. When you come for your first license, you must bring the rabies vaccination certificate issued by your veterinarian. The metal tag is not an acceptable proof of vaccination. The certificate will usually indicate whether the dog has been spayed or neutered, but if not, you'll need to present a separate certificate issued by your veterinarian.

If your dog was licensed in West Hartford last year, you'll receive a postcard renewal reminder at the end of May. On the card you'll see a date above your name which indicates the rabies expiration date in the Town Clerk's records. If the date has passed, an updated certificate will need to be obtained before a new license will be issued. Current fees are $8.00 for spayed and neutered dogs, and $19.00 for others.

New dog owners and dog owners who have lost or never received the renewal postcard reminder should submit the Dog License Form along with payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Per town ordinance, only three dogs are allowed per household. It is not necessary to bring your pet to the Town Clerk's Office when obtaining a dog license. You may reach the Town Clerk's office at (860) 561-7430.