Niagara Gazette


September 23, 2013

Deal going to the dogs in Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — A deal brokered this month may bring the Lewiston dog control officer into the Town of Porter.

Lewiston Town Board members are expected to vote on a recently brokered agreement between the two towns to offer the services of its dog control to their northern neighbor today, with the hope of saving money for both municipalities at the core of the negotiations.

“The cost of using the (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was very high, so we made this arrangement (a few years ago),” Supervisor Steve Reiter said. “The Town of Porter is trying to follow suit.”

If approved, the deal calls for Lewiston’s dog control officer to provide services, including locating, securing and transporting stray dogs to the town’s reserved space for strays at The Village Vet of Lewiston, 720 Cayuga St., Lewiston.

Lewiston Town Board members will consider the agreement at its meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston.

Of course, performing the work will require payment for services, which the proposed deal also specifies. If a stray or unregistered dog is caught by the officer, the town will charge $100 during normal business hours. Any action occurring after will come at a charge of $150 per animal, according to Porter Town Attorney – and Lewiston consulting attorney – Michael Dowd.

Porter would also be responsible for payment of any charges accrued at The Village vet of Lewiston, just as Lewiston pays for its strays. The town would be billed monthly under the agreement.

“They’d be responsible for paying per day for the care of the dog at the vet,” Dowd said.

The agreement, if approved by both town boards, would remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014, and would be automatically renewed on a one-year basis continuously, unless written notification is given to stop the shared service by either town board.

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