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Dog Control Officer

Lindsay Burriss, Dog Control Officer (Appointed)
Cell Phone:  (315) 286-8528
Term: 1 year, 1/1/16 - 12/31/16

Roger Burriss, Deputy Dog Control Officer (Appointed)
Cell Phone:  (315) 286-4248
Term: 1 year, 1/1/16 - 12/31/16

Appointed yearly. Town of Croghan Leash Law year round.

The following information is from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry, Albany, NY:

WHAT DOGS MUST BE LICENSED?

Every dog owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed.  The following are the only license exemptions:

  • Dogs under four months of age not running at large.
  • Dogs harbored in New York City (these dogs must be licensed by the NYC Department of Health).
  • If a non-resident brings a dog into New York State for less than 30 days and the dog is licensed according to the resident state’s licensing laws.
  • Dogs confined to the premises of any public or private hospital, research institution or a Class A Dealer with a certificate of exemption from the Commissioner.

HOW TO LICENSE YOUR DOG

  • Apply for a dog license at your local licensing agent.  This would be the clerk of the town, city or, in some counties, village.  For the Town of Croghan – apply at the Town Clerk’s Office located at 9882 State Route 126, Beaver Falls, NY.
  • For guide dogs, war dogs, hearing dogs, police work dogs, detection dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs, satisfactory proof is required, such as a training certificate, etc. for licenses.
  • IN ADDITION TO THE APPLICATION THE OWNER WILL NEED:

IF THE DOG IS SPAYED OR NEUTERED – A CERTIFICATE FROM A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR AN AFFIDAVIT FROM THE OWNER SHOWING THAT THE DOG HAS BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED, UNLESS THIS PROOF IS ALREADY ON FILE WITH THE CLERK.

ALL DOGS THREE MONTHS OR OLDER MUST HAVE PROOF OF A RABIES VACCINATION SIGNED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR A CERTIFICATE STATING WHY THE LIFE OF THE DOG WOULD BE ENDANGERED BY THE VACCINE.

After the application and appropriate certificates are filed and the license fee has been paid, the license will be validated for one year.  Each dog is assigned a permanent official identification (ID) number and issued a metal ID tag which is to be attached to the dog’s collar.  NO REFUND WILL BE MADE AFTER A LICENSE HAS BEEN VALIDATED.

HOW TO CHANGE A LICENSE

To ensure the accuracy of license records, it is essential that any change to the information on the license be provided to the local licensing agent so that records can be updated.  The owner must provide in writing any of the following changes:

  • Dog ownership
  • Dog owner’s address
  • Loss or theft of the dog (and if the dog is found, its return) and
  • Death of a dog

LOCAL DOG CONTROL SERVICES

Every licensing town, city or village must have a Dog Control Officer (DCO) and municipal shelter services.  The DCO and shelter service enforces both State and any local dog laws and ordinances.  Further, it is the DCO’s responsibility to pick up lost and stray dogs and humanely care for them until they can be reunited with their owners.

IF YOUR DOG IS LOST OR YOU FIND A LOST DOG, IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DCO OR SHELTER.  OWNERS SHOULD SEEK LOST UNIDENTIFIED DOGS AT THE MUNICIPAL SHELTER.

If a dog is lost but identified with a NYS identification tag, the DCO will contact the local licensing agent to trace the dog tag to the owner.

The local dog control officer must institute action for violations of both state and local laws.  Fines or civil penalties vary for each citation.

» For a first violation, a fine of $100.00,
» For a second offense, within a one year period, a fine of no less than $100.00, and no more than $150.00,
» For a third offense or subsequent offense within a one year period, a fine of no less than $100.00, and no more than $200.00.

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