Buying a license for your dog is cheaper than the alternative of paying a hefty fine if your unlicensed dog is found in Deschutes County. Cheryl Circle with the county says there are several reasons for getting your dog licensed. "Could be as much as $287 for not having your dog licensed. Well, it is a county ordinance, a requirement and a state requirement. It gives kind of a piece of mind to the owner, it improves your lost pets chance of being reunited with the owner. For communities, there is a rabies vaccination requirement before we're able to issue a license." Circle says licenses are affordable $12 for a spayed or neutered dog and $27 for unaltered dogs. She says a portion of the fees so go to the Humane Society Shelters of Central Oregon and Redmond. Dogs six months and older or that have all their permanent canine teeth need to be licensed.