Each week the Animal Control Officer, our Constables, and other staff spend countless hours helping to reunite lost pets with their owners. This past weekend, I personally spent more than two hours trying to find the owners of a lost Pug, and the Town Clerk interrupted her weekend to come into Town Hall and search the records for Pugs in the area and made calls to see if they were missing.
This is the 2nd year in a row that these signs were placed (in several different neighborhoods.) The signs were placed by Public Safety and the ACO during the month of June (dog-licensing month) in a well-intentioned attempt to remind dog owners of their responsibility to license and vaccinate their dogs. State law requires the proof of vaccination, licensing and registration of dogs each year (CGS 22-349).
To date, not a single door has been knocked on, but the effort has been successful in getting people to license their pets. In 2017, there were 583 licensed dogs. Since June 1st the Town has licensed 438 dogs. Please vaccinate your dog, please license your dog, and please control your dog. Are these signs about the $8 fee for a neutered dog or $19 for an intact dog? Hardly. They are about protecting people and other pets from rabies, helping to reunite lost animals with their owners and holding owners accountable for their pets.
Oh, and it's the law.