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Posted on: January 1, 2019

Pet Licenses: What You Need to Know

The Newton Police Department is reminding pet owners to purchase their 2019 licenses

The Newton Police Department is reminding pet owners to purchase their 2019 licenses for their pets by March 29, 2019 to avoid a late fee of $20.00. All cats, dogs and miniature pigs over six months of age kept in the City of Newton are required to be licensed by the owner. 

The license fee for altered animals is $15.00. The license fee for unaltered animals is $25.00. Pet owners can receive a civil penalty fine of up to $150.00 for not having their pet licensed. Licenses are available at the Newton Police Department, 101 W. 4th Street S., from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

All cats and dogs over 6 months old must be licensed annually by March 31 of each year. To purchase a license, bring the following to the Newton Police Department:

  • $15 (cash or check only) for neutered/spayed pets OR $25 for unaltered pets
  • Receipt from the veterinarian showing the pet is current on its rabies vaccination

All miniature pigs must be licensed annually by March 31 of each year. City residents may own no more than two miniature pigs at a property on a permanent basis. To purchase a license for your miniature, bring the following to the Newton Police Department:

  • $15 (cash or check only)
  • Receipt from the veterinarian showing the pig has been examined and verified by a veterinarian to meet miniature pig breed standards, shows that the pig is spayed or neutered and that the pig is up to date with necessary vaccinations

City residents are not allowed to keep, shelter or harbor as a pet any dangerous animal, i.e. venomous snakes, wolves, foxes, bobcats, badgers, raccoons, snapping turtles, bats, rats (except white rats). Residents can get more information in the City of Newton City Code Title IX, Chapter 90.

If you have more questions about licensing your cat, dog or miniature pig, please contact the Newton Police Department at 641-791-0850 between 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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