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Past due pet tags can lead to stiff penalties

Staff writer

With the deadline for pet tags quickly approaching for Peabody residents, a consequence of failing to do so also is looming.

Tags must be purchased before Jan. 31 and proof of current rabies vaccinations are required at the time of purchase. Cost at city hall is $5 if the animal is spayed or neutered and $10 if intact, with a $15 late fee if purchased after the deadline.

However, the minimal cost of keeping your pet up to date can snowball significantly if evaded.

According to Peabody police chief Bruce Burke there has been at least one warrant issued and about 20-25 citations issued in the past year.

“Animal control goes around in March and tries to pay a visit to people who have failed to get a tag,” Burke said. “They need to get a tag or they get a citation.”

Failure to tag a pet can result in tickets and an appearance in court. Original failure to pay can result in hundreds of dollars in citations, court costs, and even a warrant if citizens fail to go to court after receiving citations.

Additional information on city pet tags and regulations can be found at

Last modified Jan. 17, 2018