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Price of dog licence to double

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THE cost of a dog licence is to double to £10 from 1 March.

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The rise, which has been approved by the Constables' Committee, is the first since 2005.

A dog licence is specific to a dog and cannot be transferred, and expires on 31 January each year. Islanders purchasing a licence this January will still be charged at the current £5 rate.

Islanders who delay and renew in February will either face a parish hall inquiry or have to pay £10 – as they will be charged double the current rate for being late. And current dog owners to delay beyond 1 March will be charged £20 – double the new rate.

New dog owners taking out a licence from 1 March will be charged the new £10 rate.

In a statement, the committee's chairman, Constable Deidre Mezbourian, said: 'We hope this early notice will prompt owners to renew before the end of January.'

A licence must be purchased for every dog which is over six months old. A licence is not required for a guide dog kept and used solely by a blind person or a deaf person.

It is an offence under the Dogs (Jersey) Law to not buy a dog licence by 31 January.

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