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Three dog nights now legal in the Town of Tonawanda

Here doggy, doggy, doggy.

Town of Tonawanda residents now can keep up to three dogs per household.

The Town Board on Monday agreed to raise the limit from two, a move that followed discussions between Town Clerk Marguerite Greco and Animal Control Officer Mark Ansel.

The town has about 9,600 registered canines and an unknown number who are unregistered.

Greco said her office regularly gets requests from owners for a third license. Sometimes she would agree, she said, reasoning that registering the dog assured its rabies vaccination was up to date.

Tonawanda checked to see how many dogs are allowed in other towns and found some communities don't set any limit on canine ownership, Greco said. She did note the Village of Kenmore is maintaining its two-dog limit.

The Town Board also voted to require dog owners to keep their pets on a leash while in their front yard. Dogs now can stay off-leash only in a fenced-in yard, Greco said.

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