“THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER”
Reminders from the Office of the Town Clerk
June is Dog Licensing Month
Pursuant to CT General Statute Sec. 22-338, all dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed by the Town Clerk annually on or before June 30th for the period of July 1st through June 30th. Click here for more information.
Renew Dog Licenses Online Until August 31, 2021
If your dog was licensed in Redding for the 2020-2021 license year, and a current rabies certificate is on with the Town Clerk’s Office, you can register your dog online until August 31, 2021. Click here for details.
Laws/Ordinances Governing Dogs
Connecticut has a variety of laws aimed at controlling dogs. Regarding leashes, it is illegal to allow your dog to roam; create a disturbance; or growl, bite, or otherwise annoy anyone using the highway. (Local governments may create leash ordinances.) A 14-day quarantine is required when a dog bites a person.
LEASH LAW – Roaming Dogs
The general statutes do not mandate that dogs be on leashes at all times. But (1) a dog’s owner or keeper must not allow it to roam on another person’s land or on a public highway, including sidewalks, if it is not under his control and (2) local governments may create leash ordinances. Violating the state roaming law is an infraction punishable by a fine of $92 (CGS § 22-364). Additionally, the Environmental Protection Department requires that owners keep their dogs leashed in state parks. Click here to read OLR Summary of Connecticut Leash and Dog Bite Law.
Open Space Ordinance
The Town of Redding recently amended Chapter 306 of the Code of Ordinances regarding Open Space to require dogs on open space to be leashed. Click here to read the ordinance, as amended.
Topstone Park Leash Ordinance
In 2013, the Town of Redding adopted a “Topstone Leash Provisions Ordinance” regarding dogs in Topstone Park. Click here to read the ordinance.
The Animal Control Officer for the Town of Redding is Mike Deluca.