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Town Of Pelham Board Passes Dog Licensing Law

PELHAM, N.Y. – Village of Pelham residents now will have to go into Town Hall to license their dogs, thanks to a law passed Monday night by the Town of Pelham Board at a meeting in Town Hall.

“There’s no way around it. We have no choice,” Pelham Town Supervisor Peter DiPaola said.

The town began issuing dog licenses when New York state and Westchester County stopped offering the service and required it beginning Jan 1.

The Town of Pelham Board had been negotiating with area vendors to take care of stray dogs. It chose the New Rochelle Humane Society’s $10,000 per year contract based on its record of picking up dogs and taking them out of harm's way in emergencies.

The new law will be included in the town’s budget tax bill. The board does not know the amount.

In a public hearing before the decision, Pelham resident John Cassone was concerned the town was spending money for licensing that it doesn’t need to be spending.

Cassone is also worried Pelham streets will not be properly patrolled for unlicensed or stray dogs without an animal control officer in a vehicle.

“We have no one on the streets enforcing it,” he said.

The town would have had difficulty passing the law if it had to hire an officer and purchase a vehicle, DiPaola said.

But Cassone was thankful for the board’s efforts to put as small of a burden on taxpayers as possible.

“As a resident of Pelham I’m appreciative for your efforts,” he said.

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