FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2012
Town Acquires Larger Capacity Animal Control Vehicle, Stepping up Initiative to License More Dogs
MEDIA CONTACTS: Collin Nash & Sid Nathan | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY– With the Town’s Animal Shelter having to cope with more and more stray dogs, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that the Town has acquired a new vehicle designed to transport more animals per trip than ever before. At the same time, the Town’s Animal Shelter is using the new vehicle to step up its campaign to encourage more owners to license their dogs. “With overpopulation of stray and free-roaming animals reaching crisis proportions across the country, we are trying to do the best we can to help deal with the problem before it gets out of hand in our community,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said.
According to the American Humane Society, the population of stray animals is growing because of irresponsible breeding, pet abandonment, and failure to spay and neuter animals.
North Hempstead’s new animal control vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Explorer van, features separate compartments so as many as six animals can be transported at the same time - twice as many as the previous vehicle.
“We are busier than ever,” said Andrew DeMartin, the Town’s Commissioner of Public Safety.
DeMartin noted that while animal control officers are in the field, they are also trying to get the word out about the importance of pet owners licensing their animals.
Owners whose pets are wearing a tag indicating the animal is licensed are given a free supply of doggie bone treats and a pet collar. Owners without a license are urged to get one.
Please call 311 for more information.