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Unlicensed dogs a concern

PORT HENRY Unlicensed dogs in the town of Moriah could end up in doggy jail. Ed Roberts, animal control officer, told the Moriah town board at its February meeting he has been called to collect unlicensed canines running loose in the community. Its a problem, Roberts said. People need to license their dogs. If a dog is running loose with a license, Roberts explained, the animal can be returned to its owner. Without a license, a loose dog is taken to a kennel. There the animal is kept 10 days, during which owners can claim it or it can be offered for adoption. It neither happens, the dog is destroyed. Owners who claim their dog are responsible for purchasing a license, boarding fees at the kennel and any necessary vaccinations, Roberts said. Licensed or unlicensed, Roberts noted, no dog should be running loose. The state Department of Environmental Conservation requires all dogs to be leashed to avoid chasing deer.

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