Suffolk County Sheriff launches ‘Lost Pet Network’ database

ISLIP, NY – Local officials are taking action to protect our four-legged friends.

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr., Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross announced Tuesday the creation of the first-ever network of Suffolk County lost pets.

Through the program, pet owners will be added to a county-wide database of pets. Each pet is assigned a unique number that will be linked to the database, so the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office can quickly share identifying information.

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The program is intended to become a central method for reuniting missing animals with their owners, officials said. (Town of Isllip)

Suffolk pet owners will also receive a free physical ID card.

“As Suffolk County Sheriff, my priority is keeping residents safe, and that extends to the four-legged members of our communities,” Sheriff Toulon said.

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If a registered pet goes missing, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will send an alert and share identifying information with deputy sheriffs and local municipalities. Any listed pets that go missing will also be posted on a designated website and on the Sheriff’s social media pages.

In order to participate, residents will need to fill out a brief form and provide a clear picture of the animal. Information collected will include race, address, contact details and any medical needs.

The American Humane Society estimates that approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States each year. Tragically, only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in shelters without microchips are reunited with their owners.

“This is another valuable tool that can help pet owners locate a lost animal. We commend Sheriff Toulon for creating this helpful program and look forward to its success,” the supervisor said. of Islip, Angie Carpenter.

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