Ticonderoga Is your beagle legal?
If not, there’s still time to license a dog before the town of Ticonderoga takes action.
The town is now conducting a dog census. A form has been mailed to every household in the community seeking information on dogs and providing information on how to properly license a pet.
“We mailed information to 3,184 homes, every home in Ti received one,” said Tonya Thompson, town clerk. “Normally we do a dog census every 10 years, but we’re a little behind. It’s been 12 years since our last census.”
Ticonderoga residents were asked to respond to the census by Aug. 31. That deadline has been extended until Oct. 31. After that date the town will begin a random check of dogs to determine if the pets have been licensed.
State law requires all dogs 4 months old or older to be licensed in the community where they are kept. Unlicensed dogs are subject to tickets and fines, according to state law.
Penalty for having an unlicensed dog is $25, impoundment and the cost of impoundment for a first offense. That penalty increases to $50 for a second offense, $75 for a third and $100 for a fourth offense along with impoundment and the cost of impoundment.
There were 292 licensed dogs in Ticonderoga in 2011. Thompson believes there are more than 1,000 dogs in the community.
“There’s at least 1,000, probably more,” Thompson said. “We need to have people license their pets. Please bring your current rabies and spay or neuter certificate to the town clerk’s office before the end of October to get your dog licensed.”
The Essex County Department of Public Health will hold a rabies clinic at the Ticonderoga Armory Monday, Oct. 1, 6 to 7 p.m.
There are benefits to having a dog licensed, Thompson pointed out. It assures the community the dog has been inoculated for rabies and it allows for the return of the animal if it becomes lost.
The dog census seems to be having some impact, the town clerk noted. Last July 14 dogs were licensed in Ticonderoga. This July, after the census started, 77 dogs have been licensed.
Dog licenses cost $5 for neutered/spayed dogs and $15 for unaltered pets.
For information on the dog census or on a dog license, contact Thompson at 585-6677.