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Town makes minor tweaks to dog licensing laws

According to DelTorto, if the dog is not altered, $3 out of the $14 license fee goes toward the New York State Animal Population Control Fund, a program that encourages New York residents to have their dogs spayed or neutered.

Fifteen percent of the dog licensing fee goes toward an Albany County program that protects livestock on farms.

According to DelTorto, this program seeks to safeguard the town's livestock by keeping dogs out of farm areas in the town through the use of buffers and monitoring of the farm land. However, DelTorto said, typically the amount of money collected by the county is not used in its entirety and is reimbursed to the town.

This year, the town was reimbursed $2,775.45 on Thursday, March 19, according to a memo sent by the Albany County Finance Department.

DelTorto said there are also options for purebred dogs.

The other topic discussed at the public hearing Thursday was what would happen with an unlicensed dog, should it be picked up by the town's animal control officers.

In the past, the dog was immediately transported to the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society in Menands. DelTorto said dogs would now be kept at the Latham Animal Hospital for five days, giving owners more of a chance to locate their pets before they are transported to the animal shelter.

DelTorto said she was glad that the town was able to work out the arrangement with the Latham Animal Hospital because it gives the town a longer time to connect lost pets with their families.

Dog licenses do need to be renewed on a yearly basis, DelTorto said, and that can be done by mail or in person at Memorial Town Hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. When licensing a dog, a person should bring proof of vaccinations, proof of spay or neuter, the dog's age, name, breed, color and any other identifying marks.

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