The City of Sedalia is reminding area residents to have their pets licensed.

In the City's December Newsletter, it is noted that following through with licensing can be much easier on your wallet than receiving a fine. While the City’s pet tag is $5 for an altered pet and $25 for an unaltered pet, the potential fine for not licensing your pet is $114.00.

The City says in order to obtain a pet tag, pets must be up-to-date on rabies vaccine. This requirement can help guard against a rabies outbreak; which is a threat to both human and animal health.

Another reason for pet licensing is that many animal day cares, boarding facilities, and  pet events require proof of licensing/rabies vaccination. The City indicates that pets have the potential to live a longer, healthier lives with tags, as those owners probably visit local veterinarians for a rabies vaccination.

The City adds that having your pet licensed may help you get your lost dog or cat back easier. An Animal Control Officer will look for a rabies or pet tag if they pick up your pet, plus a Good Samaritan will be more likely to contact someone if they see information provided on your pet's collar.

Pet licenses are due at the beginning of each calendar year. If your pet is currently licensed, he/she is covered until December 31, 2017.

Licenses for 2018 are due by January 1. Proof of rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian is also required.

Pet licenses can be obtained through the City’s Finance Office in the Municipal Building, located at 200 S. Osage Ave in Downtown Sedalia.