Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced today that local pet owners can now apply for a dog license online.
A release from the mayor's press office detailed how the application site will expedite the review process for Animal Care and Control.
As many as 70 percent of a Boston dogs may be unlicensed. Animal Control's licensing rate was about 30 percent last year, according to the Dorchester Reporter. The Walsh administration hopes to raise awareness about dog licensing with a public education campaign this summer.
A dog license serves as proof of vaccination, and can help reunite owners with lost pets. Owners can face fines for keeping unregistered dogs in Boston.