We’ll all be celebrating a new year in a few days, but there’s some unfinished business to be done for dog owners before ushering in 2019. Duke and Butch and Fido and all other names of dogs need new license tags and rabies vaccination.

The City of Marinette has reminded residents who are dog owners that a rabies vaccination and dog license tags are required under Wisconsin law. In simple terminology, all 2019 dog license applicants must present a certificate of current rabies vaccinations. Such certificates can be obtained at the office of a local veterinarian. Dogs within the State of Wisconsin must be licensed each year. License tags are available at the city clerk’s office in Marinette. 

Here are the rules and regulations and dog licensing fees for the city of Marinette:

■ $5 annual license fee for dogs over five months old that are neutered or spayed and license is issued prior to April 1, 2019.

■ $10 annual dog license fee for dogs older than five months that are not neutered or spayed and license is issued prior to April 1 of the new year. 

■ $10 (includes $5 late filing fee penalty) for annual dog license for dogs more than five months old that are not neutered or spayed and license is issued on or after April 1 of the new year.  

■ $15 (includes $5 late fee penalty) for annual dog licenses for dogs more than five months old that are not neutered or spayed and license is issued on or after April 1 of the new year. 

If anyone is confused about the regulations or has any questions they should call the office of the city clerk at 715-732-5140 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday except on holidays. 

All dog owners who have been through his process in the past should know the rules and regulations. For new residents in the city who may be unaware of the rules this is a good time for neighbor to help neighbor or co-worker to help co-worker. The law is in place and the city is acting to enforce the law. 

Making sure all dogs are properly licensed and vaccinated for rabies is no small detail. There was a time when the city had serious problems with dogs running loose, untagged and not vaccinated. The city has done a good job in cleaning up the problem.  It is the responsibility of resident dog owners to follow the law. And Duke and Butch and Fido an all the other favorite pet names out there will appreciate it, too, if their masters pay attention to the law.