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North Hempstead Reminds Owners to License Their Dogs

North Hempstead Reminds Owners to License Their Dogs

For Immediate Release - Contact: David Chauvin - July 14, 2005 (516) 869-7794

Manhasset, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Town Clerk Michelle Schimel want to remind residents of the importance of licensing their dogs.

“Now that summer is here, our pets come out with us to enjoy the warm weather. I would like to remind residents to license your dogs or renew an expiring dog license. Applying for the license is quick, easy and will protect your pet,” said Town Clerk Michelle Schimel.

One of the responsibilities of a Town Clerk in New York State is to license dogs. New York State law requires that dogs kept for more than 30 days must be licensed. The only exception for resident homeowners is for dogs under four months old.

The dog license is useful for health purposes since it ensures that every dog has been given a rabies vaccination and is spayed or neutered. The license will also help if you lose your dog, since the identification tag that comes with it makes tracing dogs back to their owners much easier. And all the money goes to the dogs. Licensing revenues helps defray the cost of our humanely-run town animal shelter!

The Town has many wonderful stories of pets being returned to their worried owners by way of their State issued dog tags. One such rescue story involves Molly MacTavish, the Scottish terrier.”

Mrs. Ruth Stoecker has made Port Washington her home since 1959 and knows firsthand the benefits of having her dog Molly licensed. Molly had decided to go for a late night stroll and became disoriented and lost her way. Mrs. Stoecker feared the worst. Luckily Mrs. Stoecker had a dog license for Molly which comes with a lifetime metal dog tag that was attached to Molly’s collar. Less than 24 hours after Molly was lost, she was returned home because of her metal dog tags.

“Thanks to Molly’s tags on her collar, Town Clerk Michelle Schimel and the North Hempstead Animal Shelter, I was able to get Molly back home where she belongs.” Mrs. Stoecker fondly recalled.

Each dog that is licensed is assigned a permanent identification number and is issued a metal tag that is attached to the dog’s collar. This identification number is part of the New York State and Town of North Hempsteaddatabase and makes finding lost dogs a real possibility.

Residents can request a dog license by simply calling (516) 869-7655, going in person to 200 Plandome Road, Manhasset, or by downloading an application off the internet from our website at www.northhempsteadny.govand clicking on Town Clerk under Departments.

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