Love Me, License Me!
Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, the State Dog Law, requires that all dogs four (4) months of age or older, be licensed. Also, any dog under four (4) months of age, if running at large, must be licensed.
Town of Frankfort Fees?
$6.00 for each spayed or neutered dog
$14.00 for each unsprayed or unneutered dog
Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Town of Frankfort.
(There is no charge for licenses for guide dogs, war dogs, hearing dogs, police work dogs or therapy dogs.)
Obtaining a License
Application for a dog license must be made to the clerk of the town or city in which the dog is harbored. The Town of Frankfort Clerk's Office is open weekdays, 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Certain certificates, in some cases, must accompany the Dog License application:
In the case of a spayed or neutered dog, a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, unless such certification is already on file. In lieu of the spay or neuter certificate, an owner may present a certified statement by a veterinarian stating that he/she has examined the dog and found that, because of old age or other reason, the life of the dog would be endangered by spaying or neutering.
Guide dog, War dog, Hearing dog, Police work dog, Therapy dog
In the case of a guide dog, war dog, hearing dog, police work dog or therapy dog, written documentation that the dog is in fact a guide dog, war dog, hearing dog, work dog or therapy dog.
Since the Herkimer County Commissioner of Health has ordered all dogs four (4) months of age or older to have a rabies vaccination, a certificate by a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog has been vaccinated or a certificate stating why the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccination. The vaccine must be current.
Validation - How Long?
Upon making proper application in person, paying the proper fee and presenting other required certifications, the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk will validate the application and it shall become a license for the dog described therein. Once an application has been validated, no refund shall be made. Licenses are in effect for one (1) year. They must be renewed ANNUALLY prior to the expiration date noted on the license. The Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets will mail license renewal forms on an annual basis directly to the dog owners.
For information concerning fees and the alternative method for licensing purebred registered dogs or dogs eligible for such registration, contact the Town Clerk's Office where the dogs are harbored.
Each dog individually licensed will be assigned at the first licensing a permanent official identification (I.D.) number for the life of the dog. At that time, one (1) identification tag bearing this number will be furnished to the owner. If the tag is subsequently lost, a replacement tag may be purchased from the Town Clerk's Office at the cost of $3.00 per tag.
Is a Dog Required to Wear the I.D. Tag? Whenever any dog is not on the premises of the owner, the I.D. tag shall be attached to a collar on the dog. Any dog off the owner's premises without the collar and the I.D. tag is an unidentified dog.
If a dog owner wishes to use the I.D. number for tattoo identification, the letters "NY" should be added so the number is recognizable as a New York State ID number. Animal Control Officers are most likely to look for a tattoo on the medial surface of the right thigh. A tattoo does not take the place of the I.D. tag; it only serves as additional protection for the dog.
Are Licenses Transferable?
No license is transferable. If ownership of the dog is transferred, the new owner must immediately obtain a license through the town or city clerk in which the dog is harbored. The former owner must complete the reverse side of the current dog license ("Owner Copy") and give this form to the new owner for licensing purposes. The permanent official identification (I.D.) number and tag issued at the first licensing will remain the dog's I.D. number.
The "owner of record" of any dog with an official I.D. number shall notify the Town Clerk in writing within ten (10) days of the following:
- Change in ownership of the dog
- Change in address of the owner of record
- Loss or theft of the dog and the return of such dog if that occurs
In the event of the death of the dog, written notice must be given to the Town Clerk before or on the receipt of the renewal form.
Such notification not only expedites licensing, but also assures the accuracy of records essential to the return of lost dogs.
If your dog is lost or you find a lost dog, immediately contact the Animal Control Officer or Police Department. Also, dog owners should seek lost unidentified dogs at the Herkimer County Humane Society, Route 5S, Mohawk, NY; phone 866-3255.
Town Law Section 33, Dogs
Section 33-5, Unlawful Acts
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL for any owner of any dog to permit or allow such dog in the Town of Frankfort to:
- Be at large.
- Engage in habitual loud howling, barking, crying or whining or to conduct itself in such a manner so as to unreasonably and habitually annoy any person.
- Cause damage or destruction to property or commit a nuisance by defecating or urinating upon the premises of a person other than the owner of such dog.
- Chase or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as reasonably to cause intimidation or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
- Habitually chase, run alongside of or bark at motor vehicles or bicycles.
Section 33-6, Enforcement
This Chapter shall be enforced by any dog control officer, peace officer, when acting pursuant to his/her special duties, or police officer in the employ of or under contract to the Town of Frankfort.
Section 33-7, Appearance Tickets
Any dog control officer, peace officer or police officer in the employ of or under contract of the Town of Frankfort is hereby authorized to issue pursuant to the Criminal Procedure Law, an Appearance Ticket, or, in lieu thereof, a Uniform Appearance Ticket or, in lieu thereof, a Uniform Appearance Ticket and Simplified Information as provided in Subsection 114 of the Agriculture and Markets Law to assist in the enforcement of this chapter.
Section 33-8, Seizure, Impoundment, Redemption and Adoption:
- Any dog found in violation of the provisions of subsection 33-5 may be seized pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 118 of the Ag & Markets Law.
- Every dog seized shall be properly cared for, sheltered, fed and watered for the redemption periods set forth in Subsection 118 of the Ag & Markets Law.
- Seized dogs may be redeemed by producing proof of licensing and identification pursuant to the provisions Article 7 of the Ag & Markets Law and by paying the impoundment fees set forth in Subsection 118 of the Ag & Markets Law.
- If the owner of any unredeemed dog is known, such owner shall be required to pay the impoundment fees set forth in Subsection C of this section whether or not such owner chooses to redeem his or her dog.
- Any dog unredeemed at the expiration of the appropriate redemption period, shall be made available for adoption or euthanized pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 118 of the Ag & Markets Law.
Section 33-9, Complaints
Any person who observes a dog in violation of this chapter may file a complaint under oath with a Judge of the Town of Frankfort specifying the nature of the violation, the date thereof, a description of the dog and the name and residence, if known, of the owner of such dog. Such complaint may serve as the basis for enforcing the provisions of this chapter.
Section 33-10, Penalties of Offenses
Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be liable to a penalty as provided in the Ag & Markets Law.
Violations of the State Dog Law, when:
- Any owner fails to license or have any dog identified
- Any person knowingly affixes to any dog a false or improper I.D. tag or purebred tag
- Any owner fails to carry out a judge's order to confine or destroy a dangerous dog
- Any owner fails to securely confine any dog as required by a night quarantine or deer depredation order
- Any owner or custodian of any dog fails to confine, restrain or present that dog for any lawful purpose to Article 7, the State Dog Law
- Any person furnishes false or misleading information on any form required by Article 7, the State Dog Law.