March 8, 1894

On March 8, 1894, the first dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. This was a tiered statute, with different types of licensing for the various classes of dogs. Small dogs, such as a terrier were a Class A, medium dogs like beagles were a Class B, and large dogs like German Shepherds and St. Bernards were Class C. There was some talk at the time of also licensing cats, but when the legislators started finding dead rodents and frogs in their shoes every morning, they decided to quietly drop that conversation.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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