SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A group of 18-year-olds are working in pairs in order to report any dogs to the city to ensure all pets are licensed.
The groups are looking for signs of a dog, whether it is a leash, dog bowl, or even barking. If the groups determine a dog is living at a residence, they will then leave a door hanger letting people know their dog has been reported.
The City of Schenectady will then cross check those reported addresses and see which homes have licensed pets.
Those residents who do not have a licensed dog will have to pay a $10 dollar fine and will have three weeks to get a dog license.
If residents do not get their dog licensed within that time period, Animal Control will fine the owners $250.
City Clerk Chuck Thorne says the city is doing this because they have estimated 15,000 dogs live in the area, but only 2,300 are licensed.
Workers will go door-to-door randomly and Thorne says every neighborhood is fair game.
Vaccinations are also a problem city is trying to fix. Almost half of dog owners found through this program did not vaccinate their dog.