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Groton Dog Licenses - Then & Now

Groton Dog License - 1878 - Courtesy of Groton History Center


by Michael LaTerz
A license for your dog is nothing new. In a recent search of the Town Clerk’s vault we found the earliest records of dog licenses dating from 1869. The earliest dog license we found came from the Groton History Center, dated 1878.
     At $2, then, that would be the equivalent of about $50 in 2020 dollars. Today, the registration fee is a comparative bargain; a dog license only costs $10 if spayed or neutered; $15, if not. Late fees apply if you register after March 1. And, they increase if you wait until after June 1. But, if the owner is more than 70 years of age, the registration fee is waived; but, not any late fees that may accrue.
     We were curious to make some other comparisons. Because record keeping lacked consistency in the earlier years, we selected 1929 to compare against 2019. We chose two categories we thought you might find interesting; breeds and names.
     Research contributions from Lindsay Koza, Mike Chiasson, and Kara Fosse
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