As of Monday, five pets residing within the city of Oak Grove have been registered with the city, earning them their annual pet tags.
Pet owning residents must fill out a license application for each dog and cat they own who is at least 6-months-old, according to Oak Grove Ordinance 2018-02.
Oak Grove City Hall began issuing the 2019-2020 licenses July 1, because last year's licenses expired June 30.
Lorelynn Fisher, the city's deputy city clerk, said the process is in place to help quickly reconnect lost pets with their owners.
To fill out the application, pet owners must visit Oak Grove City Hall, 8505 Pembroke-Oak Grove Road, and bring $5 to cover the application cost. Funds collected through pet licenses are contributed to the city's general fund, said Bobbie Crawford, city accountant.
City Hall is open 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. weekdays. When filling out the application, pet owners are expected to fill out basic
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information about the pet such as name, age, breed and markings. The application also asks for the owner's basic contact information.
Each application corresponds with a serial number that is unique to each pet. The serial number is engraved on a colored tag that is issued to pet owners after the application is completed.
After applications are completed, Fisher said she makes a copy of it to include in the city's record. A second copy is returned to the pet owner for safe keeping. A third copy is distributed to Oak Grove Police Department.
To complete the application process, vaccination records are not required, Fisher said. However, all cats and dogs residing within the city limits are required to be vaccinated against rabies, according to KRS 258.015. Cats and dogs must be initially vaccinated by the time they are 4-months-old, according to the ordinance.
"With the vaccination papers, we would highly recommend that when people do come and get the city tags that they would bring a copy of that, but it is not required to get the city tag," Fisher said. "We do let them know that vaccinations are required. If their animals were to get loose ... at any time animal control can ask to see a copy of their pet's vaccinations and they need to provide it."
Fisher encourages all pet owners to secure the tags to their pet's collar so they can be identified at all times.
"If an animal gets loose and doesn't have a tag, then the officer will take the animal to (Christian County Animal Shelter) to be scanned for a microchip. If they aren't micro-chipped and they aren't tagged, it's going to be kind of hard for him to figure who they belong to," she said. "We highly recommend people put their tag on their pet's collar. That way we can reference the number with the paperwork we have on file."
If an animal is found without a microchip or city tag, Fisher said the officer will look through the licenses on file for a match. From last year, the city has a record of about 225 pet licenses.
"That's not nearly enough though," Fisher said. "We should have a lot more (licenses) on file."
Applications for pet licenses can be completed at any time throughout the year.
For more information, call 270-439-4646.