Frequently Asked Questions - Dog Control

FAQs - Dog Control

All dogs in New York State must be licensed once they reach the age of 4 (four) months. 

Licenses are issued by the Town Clerk’s office where you reside and renew annually. 

You will need a current certificate of rabies vaccination (the clerk is required to see the form) and proof of spaying or neutering.

The fee for an unspayed/neutered dog is $18.00 and for a spayed/neutered dog is $10.00.

If you are 65 years of age you may deduct $5.00 from the appropriate dog license fee. 

The Town of Durham does not issue purebred dog licenses.

Yes the law requires that your dog wear the tag.  The purpose of the tag is to assist in locating the dog’s owner should you and your dog become separated. 

Contact the Town Clerk for a replacement tag. You will be required pay $5.00 for the tag.

NYS defines the “owner” of a dog as any person who keeps or harbors (provides food or shelter to) any dog.  Should you encounter a stray dog, contact the Dog Control Officer at 518-947-0963 or the Town Clerk at 518-239-6122 ext. 1 to arrange pick up or you will be held responsible for the animal.

If a dog bites you or if your dog bites any person, you are required to report the incident to the Greene County Public Health 518-719-3600 and or the Dog Control Officer at 518-947-0963.  The biting dog must be quarantined for 10 (ten) days at the owners expense.