Town of Dunkirk


Email: townclerk@dunkirkny.org         Call Us: 716.366.3967          Fax: 716.366.3544

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Departments / Dog Control Officer

Steven Purol, Dog Control Officer
Phone: 716-785-5226
 
Dog Licensing Requirements:

* The Town of Dunkirk requires all dogs age four (4) months and older to be licensed.  Proof of rabies vaccination is required.  Dog licenses are issued at the Town Clerk's Office in the Town Hall.  You must have rabies vaccination proof for the dog if you are licensing.  If the dog has not received rabies vaccination, it cannot be licensed.  If the dog has been spayed/neutered, you need that documentation as well.  Once you receive the tags for the dog's license, the dog keeps the same tags for the duration of its life and you just pay to renew it each year, either by mail or in person at the Town Clerk's Office.
* The cost for a spayed/neutered dog is $8.00
* The cost for a dog that is not spayed/neutered is $18.00


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 or the specific time frame required by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has been met, whichever comes first.

Dogs are not released until they are properly immunized against rabies infection and all licensing and impound fees are paid.

If your dog is lost or you find a lost dog, immediately contact your local DCO or shelter.  Owners should seek lost unidentified dogs at the municipal shelter.

If a dog is lost but identified with a NYS identification tag, the DCO will contact the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets 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 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.