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New Pound Ridge Law Targets Unlicensed Dog Owners

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. –  The Pound Ridge Town Board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 15 to consider an amendment to its local dog law that would instill fines for dog owners who neglect to license their pets.

The law – Section 39-4 – explains that every person who owns or harbors a dog within the town must purchase a dog license and present a certificate of a rabies vaccination. Those requirements are also state law. However, when the board revamped its dog laws back in January it overlooked detailing regulations for unlicensed dogs. The new amendment has been proposed to rectify that.

“When we redid the dog laws, we dealt with annoyances and things like habitual barking, but nothing about unlicensed dogs,” said Town Clerk Joanne Pace. “We’re looking to fine them now.”

The law will give police officers, the dog control officer and judges the ability to issue a warning or fine when necessary.

The proposed amendment calls for a fine of $50 for residents found in non-compliance. A second or more offense within a six-month period calls for $100 to be added to the fines.

“Every time we want to change a local law we have to have a public hearing,” Pace said. “Right now this is just a proposal.”

State and local law require that all dogs over four months of age be licensed. The cost for an unneutered male or unspayed female is $23. A neutered male or spayed female is $11. There is no fee for a guide dog, war dog, police dog, work dog, hearing dog or service dog.

What do you think of Pound Ridge’s proposed dog law amendment? Are the fines fair? Should they be lower or higher? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheDailyPoundRidge

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