Dog Control Officer

Dog Control Officer

Town Board Appointed

Contact:
G. S. Phillips Jr.
234 Nellis Rd., Ohio NY 13324
Phone# 315-826-7912 ext. 830

Responsibilities

The Town of Ohio Dog Control Officer is responsible for the enforcement of the regulations of Article 7 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Laws. A list of duties include:

  • Enforce Licensing
  • Seize and impound dogs
  • File and maintain records of the seizure and disposition of dogs
  • Bring an action against any person who has committed any violation of Article 7 within the Town of Ohio
  • Receive complaints of dangerous dogs and commence dangerous dog proceedings

Dogs that are required 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 (4) months of age and 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's state 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

Licensing Procedures:

  • The Town of Ohio Town Clerk handles the licensing of dogs. Please contact the Town Clerk for license information and fee schedule.
  • For guide dogs, war dogs, hearing dogs, police dogs or 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 Town Clerk.
  • All dogs four (4) months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or an exemption 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 (1) year. Each dog is assigned a permanent official identification 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. To accommodate persons adopting dogs from shelters, the adopting person may either:

  • obtain a license from the Town Clerk's office prior to the dogs release from the shelter or
  • obtain a license from the clerk of the municipality where the shelter is located since the dog is presently harbored there at the time of adoption

Annual license renewal forms will be mailed by the Town Clerk's Office directly to the dog owner.

 Dog Licensing And Control Law for the Town of Ohio, Local Law 1-2010