Editor's note: This is the fourth installment in a series of reports about Clay County's dog tax -- who owes it, where to pay it, how much to pay and where the money goes.
If you own, possess or harbor a dog more than six months old you must pay dog tax.
This tax bill is determined by the number of dogs a pet owner owns and whether the animals are neutered or spayed.
Pet owners will need to pay an individual tax on the first dog owned based upon whether it has been neutered or spayed. The tax on a single dog is $2 if it has been neutered/spayed and $4 if it has not been neutered/spayed.
The tax rate then becomes a tad bit confusing for a pet owner who owns more than one animal.
If the first dog of a multiple pet owner has been neutered/spayed it will cost $2; if it has not been neutered/spayed the cost will be $4; then each additional dog, regardless of whether the animal has been neutered/spayed, will be taxed at $6 each.
For example: An owner with a neutered/spayed animal and two other dogs will pay $14 in taxes, while an owner of three non-spayed animals will pay $16 in taxes.
Kennel licenses are also available for sale for people who keep dogs for breeding, boarding or training purposes.
A major kennel of 15 or more dogs can purchase a license for $30, while a minor kennel with less than 15 dogs will pay $20.
Taxed: Dogs 6 months or older
Agency: State of Indiana
Proof: Dog tags given when tax is paid or mailed later. The tags must be on the dog's collar at all times, along with the vaccination tag.
Tax: The tax on the first dog is $2 for a neutered/spayed animal or $4 for a non-neutered/spayed animal. For a second and or each additional dog the owner will pay an additional tax of $6 per dog.
Kennel licenses, for people who keep dogs for breeding, boarding or training purposes, are also available for sale.
Tomorrow -- More confusion surrounding dog laws.