REQUIRED BY STATE LAW:
Wisconsin law requires that anyone with a dog more than 5 months old must annually obtain a dog license. A dog license can only be issued after the owner shows proof that the dog is vaccinated against rabies. This law applies to ALL dog owners, whether you live within city/village limits or way out in the country. Dog licenses are valid for the calendar year: January 1 to December 31. A dog without a license tag attached to its collar when outdoors (unless it is in a fenced-in area, or, in certain circumstances, hunting) is subject to impoundment and/or fines up to $100 for a first-time offense.
HOW/WHERE TO OBTAIN A DOG LICENSE:
The only document you need to provide in order to obtain a dog license is the Certificate of Rabies Vaccination, which is signed and issued by your veterinarian. If you have lost this document, you must contact your veterinarian for a duplicate copy; the County Clerk's Office does not keep your certificates on file. THE CERTIFICATE MUST BE SHOWN EVERY YEAR. Invoices, wellness reports, and other such documents are NOT acceptable, because they do not include all the information required for a dog license.
During the December/January property tax collection time, you may license your dog through the mail with your municipal treasurer. If you own property in Waushara County, a reminder notice to this effect should be included with your property tax bill.
You may license your dog with the Waushara County Clerk's Office at any time of the year. You can do this in person at the County Courthouse or through the mail. If done via mail, make checks payable to and send to the Waushara County Clerk at P.O. Box 488, Wautoma, WI 54982.
If you obtain your license during the first three months of the year, fees are $5 for spayed/neutered dogs, and $10 for unspayed/unneutered dogs.
** As of April 1, a LATE FEE of $5 per dog is charged, bringing the fees up to $10 for a spayed/neutered dog and $15 for an unspayed/unneutered dog.**
NUMBER OF DOGS ALLOWED:
Per Waushara County Code, residents in rural areas ("towns") are allowed five dogs per property. If more than five dogs are kept on a property, the dog owner is required to apply for a County kennel license. This is a multi-step process where the dog owner needs to get approval from various County offices: Zoning/Land Conservation Department, Sheriff's Department (humane officer), and the Health Department. After the kennel applicant passes the Health Department's inspection, the applicant must bring the inspection paperwork to the County Clerk's Office. Only then can our office issue a kennel license.
Most cities/villages have a two-dogs-per-household limit. Keeping any dogs over that amount must be approved by the corresponding city council/village board.
DOGS 'RUNNING AT LARGE' PROHIBITED:
No matter where you live, if your dog is not on your property, it must be in your control at all times. "In your control" means that, unless you have an exceptionally well trained dog, the dog must be on a leash when not on your property. Dogs not on the owner's property or in the owner's control are considered to be "running at large" and are subject to impoundment and/or fines.