New York State Law requires all dogs four months old and older to be licensed by the Town in which the dog is horbored for longer than 30 days. Please be sure to bring proof of a current rabies vaccination and a certificate of spaying/neutering, if applicable. 

  • The fee to license a spayed/neutered dog is $10.00 annually
  • The fee to license an unspayed/unneutered dog is $16.00 annully

Each dog is assigned a permanent metal ID tag which is to be attached to the dog's collar. 

Every licensing town, city or village must have a Dog Control Officer and municipal shelter services. It is the responsibility of the DCO 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, immediately notify the DCO and/or animal shelter. If a dog is lost but identified with a municipal ID tag, the DCO will make every effort to notify the owner prior to taking the dog to the animal shelter. The DCO must institute action for violations of both state and local laws for any dog running at large.Fines or civil penalties shall be up to $25 for the first offense. $50 for the second and $100 for third and subsequent offenses.

Town of DeRuyter Dog Control Officer:

Jack Toolan (315) 852-6471

Contracted Animal Shelter:

Wanderer's Rest Humane Association



In 1987, the DeRuyter Town Board adopted a Dog Control Law. Section 4 of that Local Law lists the following restrictions:

  1. No Owner shall permit a dog to run at large within the Town of DeRuyter.
  2. No dog shall be permitted to chase or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as reasonable to cause intimidation or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
  3. No dog shall be permitted to chase, run alongside of, or bark at motorcycles, bicycles, animals, or snowmobiles.
  4. No owner shall fail to provide dogs with sufficient, good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering and with humane care and treatment.

The Local Law is enforced by the Dog Control Officer of the Town of DeRuyter. Any dog found in violation of the provisions of this local law may be seized pursuant  to the provisions of Section 118 of the Agriculture and Markets Law. Seized dogs may be redeemed by producing proof of licensing and by paying the applicable fees.