Monday, February 13, 2017

The Dog Population of Hudson

Tonight, at the informal meeting of the Common Council, city clerk Tracy Delaney will present her annual report for the year ending December 31, 2016. That report is already available on the City of Hudson website, and because the snow is making this a pretty slow news day, I will share my favorite data from that report: dog licenses issued.

Here are the numbers for 2016:
  • Exempt dogs (i.e., service dogs)    2
  • Spayed female dogs                       108
  • Unspayed female dogs                      6
  • Neutered male dogs                       101
  • Unneutered male dogs                    21
As it happens, this isn't the first time I have reported these statistics. I did it in 2014 and in 2015. What is curious is that the dog population seems to be decreasing. In 2016, the total number of dogs licensed was 238, down from 254 in 2014 and 266 in 2013. The greatest decline seems to be among neutered male dogs: there were 114 in 2013, 115 in 2014, but only 101 in 2016. Of course, there's no way of knowing if these numbers reflect the actual dog population of Hudson or just the number of humans who comply with the law and license their dogs.


  1. 1/3 of US households own a dog. Let's assume Hudson (pop. 6000+) has 2000 households.

    That's 666 canines!

  2. Yeah, the stats are way too low. Dan and I are expanding our family with a dog. What is the time frame for securing a license for it, asks this particular ignorant lawyer on the matter? Is the duty to license triggered by taking the dog on to public property?

    1. You should license your dog as soon as he or she joins the family. I signed the papers and paid the fee to adopt Joey on a Sunday, and Monday morning we were at City Hall to get him licensed. I did the same thing with William before him. It has nothing to do with taking the dog on public property. Dogs should be licensed even if they never leave your backyard.

  3. Well, the irreplaceable Lulu is gone, as of 6/15, so that's one less pup . . .