New dog licensing rules in Kent County

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A change in the way Kent County handles dog licenses has created a bit of confusion for some pet owners.

In the past, dog licenses ran from January to January. But the county has switched to a new system that links licenses to the month your dog got its last rabies vaccination.

If your dog was vaccinated in 2013, you will probably have to give the animal shelter updated records.

As part of the change, a number of vets offices are now selling dog licenses.

“We’re trying to make licensing more convenient than ever by offering one-stop vaccine and licensing from several participating veterinary clinics in the Kent County area,” Carly Luttmann of the Kent County Animal Shelter said.

The program is similar to the process used in many of the surrounding counties.

As part of the change, the county has eliminated late fees for this year only.

Questions may be directed to the Kent County Health Department. There is also more information at the county’s website.

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Online:

Kent County dog licensing information

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