City officials are calling Hamilton’s amnesty month for dog licenses a push in the right direction.
Over 1,200 new dog licenses were purchased in October and over 1,400 overdue renewals were processed.
The one-month campaign allowed dog owners who weren’t up to date to get a license free of late fees or past years’ fees.
The campaign brought the month’s total to more than $117 thousand dollars in revenue, a portion of which goes towards the city’s leash free parks.
“Dog owners were receptive to our message about the benefits of dog licencing, including the assurance that their dog can more easily be returned home should it get lost” says Director or Licensing, Ken Leendertse.
Animal Services has sold 6,438 more licenses this year compared to same ten-month period in 2015
The City of Hamilton’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-law requires dog owners to purchase an annual dog license before the animal is three months old.