Town Clerk Johanna M. Coleman this week reminded residents that state law requires the licensing of every dog that is 4 months of age or older, and is owned or kept in the state for longer than 30 days.
Currently, there are 4,375 dogs registered in the Town of Lancaster, but there is concern that many more remain unlicensed, and in some cases, not vaccinated and unprotected.
The official reminder notice was issued by the town on Monday, and comes about three weeks after the death of the town’s longtime dog control officer David R. Horn. Some council members have since expressed concern that record-keeping in the department, which also has assistant officers, needs to be improved.
The licensing fees are $13 for a spayed or neutered dog and $20 for an unspayed or unneutered dog more than 4 months old.
Senior citizens, ages 65 or older, are exempt from the local fee portion, bringing the cost to $5 for spayed or neutered dogs, or $12 for unspayed or neutered ones.
All dogs must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian.
The Town Clerk’s office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to download an application, go to www.lancasterny.gov, or call the Town Clerk’s office at 683-9028.
Also this week:
• The Lancaster Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.
• The Lancaster Village Board has scheduled a work session for 6 p.m. Monday to meet with Engineer Donald Gallo to review the West Main Street Extension project. The board meets in the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
• The Village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.