NORTH HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Many communities count on dog owners to get their pets licensed. But a Long Island town is considering counting the pooches itself.
Newsday reports that North Hempstead officials are studying whether to conduct a door-to-door dog census.READ MORE: FBI Says Body Found In Grand Teton National Park Believed To Be Gabby Petito
Town Clerk Wayne Wink says he thinks there are many more dogs in town than the 5,000 that are licensed.
“Here in the town of North Hempstead, we are very dog friendly, but the numbers are slowly diminishing in the number of licensing that is occurring and so we aren’t sure why that is,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth told CBS2’s Meg Baker.
Currently, 4,800 dogs are licensed in the town of 226,000, Baker reported.
Getting a license isn’t difficult, Baker reported. You can fill out a form at your local shelter or go straight to the town clerk. Costs ranges $7-$15.
If you are unable to get your animal to a shelter to get a license, the shelter will also come to you if you call 311 to request them.