Reciprocate the loyalty: License your dog

(A rabies clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday May 18 at the highway department located on Clemmons Road.)

Right now, Pulaski said he gets an average of two calls per day in the town of Manlius. But as good weather draws near, more dogs are apt to get loose, Pulaski said. Various reasons include its chance to run through open doors, it may dig holes under fences, break its leash and so forth. Collars with batteries used for invisible fences may also run out, unbeknown to the owners.

"The dog might test it out," Pulaski said of the dividing line, adding that once they're out of the yard, the invisible fence uses the same warning system -- a high pitch noise and zap -- to get back in. "Eventually, [the dog] will sit and wait, or start wandering the neighborhood."

"When someone's dog runs away, if they're licensed, we have a record in the computer," Edsall added. "We can do a search and see if anyone has a dog in the surrounding area that matches the description, and we have a phone number so we can call and say we have your dog."

Additionally, Edsall is working on updating the town's Web site to include posting pictures of dogs found: "So if somebody's looking for their dog, they can go to the Web site to check it out." The process, however, could take up to six months.

In the meantime, you can license your dog by going to the town clerk's office located at 301 Brooklea Drive in Fayetteville. For more information, call 637-3521.

Dog Control and licensing

Phone: 637-0788

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Licensing fee: $10 -- spayed or neutered dog; $18 unspayed or unneutered dog

The license form to fill out requires the owner's name, address and phone number, dog's name, breed, color and year of birth. Additional information required: a current rabies vaccination certificate or proof of current rabies vaccination, if the dog is spayed or neutered and proof if so. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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