Article 7 relates to the licensing, identification and control of dogs
and the animal population control program in New York State and is administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture
and Markets. Dogs harbored in New York City, however, must be licensed by the New York City Department
of Health. Locally, the Town of DeRuyter Dog Control Officer is responsible for enforcing Article 7.
What Dogs Need To 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. 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 certificated of exemption from the Commissioner.
How To License Your Dog
Apply for a dog license at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular hours or
HERE'S WHAT YOU 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 dog license application and appropriate certificates are filed and
the license fee has been paid, the license will be validated for a one, two or three year period.
If applying by mail,
please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your validated license and tag.
CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A DOG LICENSE
Each dog is assigned a permanent metal ID tag which is to be attached to the dog's collar.
NO REFUND WILL BE MADE AFTER A LICENSE HAS BEEN VALIDATED
The Statutory license fees are:
Spayed/Neutered dogs - $10.00
Unspayed/Unneutered dogs - $10.00
- No Fee
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 the local DCO or shelter. Owners
should seek lost unidentified dogs at the municipal shelter. If a dog is lost but identified with a municipal identification
tag, the DCO will contact the appropriate municipality 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 shall be up to $25 for the
first offense, $50 for the second and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses. If dogs injure or kill livestock,
the local assessor should be notified immediately. Do NOT destroy or bury the animals. They must be available
for examination so the assessor can appraise the damage.