Dog Control Officer
Dog Control Officer
Information here is forthcoming.
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
» For a first violation, a fine
» 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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