Dog Control Officer

Betsey Ring
Phone: 315-836-5312

Local Dog Control Services

Every licensing town, city or village must have a Dog Control Officer (DCO) and municipal shelter services. The Dog Control Officer and shelter service enforces both State and any local dog laws and ordinances. Further, it is their responsibility to pick up lost and stray dogs and humanely care for them until they can be reunited with their owners.

Lost Dog

If your dog is lost or you find a lost dog, immediately contact the Dog Control Officer.

New York State Identification Tag

If a dog is lost but identified with a New York State identification tag, the Dog Control Officer will contact the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to trace the dog tag to the owner.

Dog Licensing

Every dog, regardless of age, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed in the town, city or village where the dog is being harbored. The following are the only license exemptions:

  • If the dog is under 4 months of age and not running-at-large (off the owner’s premises)
  • 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 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.

How to License Your Dog

Apply for your dog license at the Town Clerk’s office. You can begin by downloading the Dog License Application and follow the accompanying instructions.

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 clerk.
  • All dogs 3 months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the dog would be endangered by the vaccine; and
  • A check payable to Mamakating Town Clerk for the appropriate license fee.

After the application and appropriate certificates are filed and the license fee has been paid, the license will be validated for 1 year by the municipal licensing agent. 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.

Note: No refund will be made after a license has been validated.


License renewal forms will be mailed directly to the dog owner by the 1st day of the month that your license is due to expire.

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