Mayor Mike Bloomberg was joined by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Animal Care & Control Executive Director Charlene Pedrolie, and NY Council of Dog Owner Groups Vice President Matthew Parker in Hillside Park this afternoon to launch a website where dog owners can obtain and renew licenses for their pets.
The site is geared toward making the licensing process faster and easier, therefore encouraging more people to comply with the state’s requirements. Currently, it is estimated that 20 percent of the city’s 500,000 dogs are unlicensed. While it can take as many as seven weeks to obtain a license through the mail, the online system promises a license within 10 to 14 business days.
When asked about Pit Bulls, the Mayor said that though they are not known for their pleasant disposition, there are no plans to outlaw any breed of dog. Parks Commissioner Benepe was quick to step in and point out that owner responsibility is the biggest factor in the temperament of dogs, and not an inherent trait of the canines themselves.
The fee for a first-time license is $11.50, while renewals are $8.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $11.50 for those that are not.
Photos by Marc Hermann for BHB.