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Supervisor Kaiman, Town Clerk Gross Issue Friendly Reminder to Dog Owners

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Collin Nash or Sid Nathan

March 13, 2009                                                                                   (516) 869 7794


Supervisor Kaiman, Town Clerk Gross Issue Friendly Reminder to Dog Owners


Come spring, the saying goes, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love...and the great outdoors.


With love in the air and the anticipation of long, fun-filled days in the open, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Town Clerk Leslie Gross seized on the opportunity to remind dog owners of their obligations under the law: License your dogs and don’t forget to clean up after them.


It’s your duty. But it’s also an unselfish gesture of love for your pooch, your neighbor and your environment.


“Licensing your dogs and cleaning up after them,” said Supervisor Kaiman, “goes a long way toward maintaining the quality of life we have become accustomed to here in North Hempstead,” listed in Money Magazines 2008 rankings as one of the best 100 places to live in America.


“Your dog will thank you,” Town Clerk Gross said.


“Not only does a license advertise the fact that Fido’s rabies shot is up to date,” Ms. Gross said, “but if he ever gets lost, the tag on his collar increases the odds of you being reunited with your best friend.”


Your neighbors will thank you, too. And so will the eco-system.


Obeying the pooper scooper laws help protect those enjoying the outdoors from diseases associated with dog waste. Furthermore, pet waste is one of the leading causes of bacterial contamination in our local streams and waterways, the result of runoff into these fragile environments.


Following is some helpful information:


If your dog is four months or older, you must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the dog’s life would be endangered by the vaccine.


Owners 60 and older pay a reduced fee providing they submit proof of age with their license application.


License fees are waived for guide dogs, hearing dogs, police-work dogs or other service dogs. Proof of such status is required in the form of a New York State-recognized certificate.


Applications are available at North Hempstead’s Town Clerk’s Office at 200 Plandome Road, Manhasset, or you can download an application from the Town’s web site at www.northhempsteadny.gov.  Click on Office of the Town Clerk, On-Line Forms, and select Dog License Application.  If you would like additional information, click on Office of the Town Clerk, Dog Licenses (at the end of Dog License Information there is a link to the application). You can also call the Clerk’s office at 516 869-7646 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and an application can be mailed to you.


Be a responsible pet guardian. License your dogs and clean up after them!


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