It’s that time of the year again when dog owners countywide are reminded to purchase their 2018 dog licenses.

Westby

Residents in the city of Westby can obtain dog licenses all year long at Westby City Hall or they can also be purchased at the courthouse in Viroqua. City residents can stop by city hall and purchase a dog license, but before a license can be issued pet owners must provide a valid rabies certificate. The cost of the license is $3 for neutered or spayed dogs and $8 for non-neutered or non-spayed animals.

In the city limits, dog are not allowed in Davidson Park and pet owners are required to pick up their animal’s feces. Westby has an ordinance requiring dogs to be on a leash when they are outside and will not tolerate extended periods of barking by dogs hooked up outside. Continual barking will result in a fine being issued by the Westby Police Department or removal of the animals if the owners do not abide by city regulations.

Dog owners are also reminded that the owner is responsible for having their dogs under control at all times. If a dog gets loose and bites someone in the city limits, the dog owners will be responsible for all costs associated with the victim’s care and the dog may have to be put down if the injuries inflicted are severe enough to warrant prevention of any further attacks.

If a dog runs loose in the city and captured by the Westby Police it will be transported to the Vernon County Humane Society. The owner will then have to pay to reclaim the animal from the humane society, plus any other additional fees charged if precautionary measures were taken to ensure the animal was free of disease.

Westby City Council has an annual contract with the Vernon County Humane Society for housing of stray dogs picked up in the city limits of Westby and transported to the facility. The city of Westby contract is for dogs only, not cats and cost the city $195 for each unclaimed dog transported to the facility in 2017.

For more information contact Westby City Hall at (608) 634-3214.

Coon Valley

Residents can obtain dog or cat licenses all year long at Coon Valley Village Office. Village residents can purchase a dog or cat license, but before a license can be issued pet owners must provide valid rabies vaccination documentation. The cost of the license is $3 for neutered or spayed dogs or cats and $8 for non-neutered or non-spayed animals.

The village board has not yet received or approved its annual contract with the Vernon County Humane Society for housing of stray dogs and cats picked up in the village limits and transported to the Viroqua facility. Coon Valley typically contracts for both cats and dogs and last year’s fees were $195 for each unclaimed animal transported Viroqua.

For more information contact Renita Williamson at (608) 452-3168.

Chaseburg

Residents can obtain dog licenses all year long at Chaseburg Village Office. Village residents can purchase a dog license, but before a license can be issued pet owners must provide valid vaccination documentation. The cost of the license is $3 for neutered or spayed dogs and $8 for non-neutered or non-spayed animals.

The village of Chaseburg does not have an annual contract with the Vernon County Humane Society for housing of stray dogs or cats, but does encourage residents with dogs to purchase the required pet licenses in January.

For more information contact Linda DeGarmo at (608) 483-2660.

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Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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