Town of DeRuyter, New York

Dog Control

Jack & Janet Toolan, Dog Control Officers
(315) 852-6471
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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. 

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


The Statutory license fees are:

Spayed/Neutered dogs - $10.00

Unspayed/Unneutered dogs - $10.00

Guide/Service dogs - 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.

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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 by mail.
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.


In 1987 the Town Board adopted a Dog Control Law.  Section 4 of that Local Law lists the following restrictions:
  1. No owner shall permit or allow 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; or
  3. No dog shall be permitted to chase, run alongside of or bark at motorycycles, 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.

This local law is enforced by the dog control officer of the Town of DeRuyter and his/her deputy.  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 impoundment fees.

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