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Dog control at issue in Shawangunk

January 9th, 2013

“There needs to be a penalty or a fee,” said Shawangunk Town Councilman Robert Miller. “We can’t be boarding people’s dogs while they’re away on vacation.”

The Shawangunk Town Board continued their discussion about a revision of the town’s dog control law at their meeting last week, deciding to have the town’s attorney draft a revision of the law.

Board members explained that costs incurred by the catching, impounding and maintenance of dogs in the town are not being covered by the town’s current fees. In addition, there are issues with repeat offenders.

Miller stated that he felt the dog should not be released to its owner until and unless the owner had paid for the time of the dog control officer, maintenance of the dog, vet costs including a rabies shot if necessary, as well as provided proof of license.

Supervisor John Valk Jr. presented sample laws obtained from other municipalities. The board voted to direct the attorney to draft a revision of the law for them to review and revise at their next meeting.

The Town Board also held their re-organizational meeting that evening, with no changes from last year. Salary and pay rates were also set, with salaries remaining frozen with the exception of the town’s office staff including court clerks, which received a one percent pay increase and will receive another one percent increase in July.

By Rachel Coleman

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