Dog Licensing

NEW: You may apply or renew for a dog license online now by clicking here.

Animal Control Officer

The Animal Control Officer provides the citizens of Rutland City with courteous, professional and effective animal control, and to ensure the rights of animal owners and non-owners are protected and served.

Animal Control handles calls that include noise disturbances (by an animal) animals at large, vicious dog incidents, animal bite reports, cruelty, and neglect situations, injured animals and other related calls for assistance.

All calls for animal control service must be made to the police non-emergency numbers (802) 773-1816 or (802) 773-1820.


In accordance to Vermont State Statute 20 section 3581, all dogs 6 months and older must be registered with the town clerk in which a Vermont resident resides. A current rabies certificate must be provided to us to keep on file. In December of each year, we send reminder postcards to owners of previously registered dogs and begin licensing dogs in January of each year. If you are unable to come down to our office to register your dog, mail us your postcard along with payment and a new rabies certificate if your dog is due then we will send your dog license and tag to you. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the Rutland City’s dog ordinances.

RUTLAND CITY DOG LICENSE FEES (new fees approved by the Board of Aldermen on 1-4-2016):


Spayed or Neutered Dogs $15.00
UN-spayed/neutered Dogs $20.00


All dogs $35.00

Please bring rabies certificate and neutered certificate with you to the City Clerk’s Office.

Please remember to License, Leash and Love your pet.

If you have an animal related problem or issue contact Tim Jones (Rutland City Animal Control Officer) 773-1820.

If you would like to adopt a dog or pet, the Rutland County Humane Society has an assortment of pets to choose from.