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Dog Control Officer

Danielle Patnode

Phone: 518-380-4078



Mailing and Physical Address:

Dannemora Dog Control Officer

78 Higby Road

Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935

Duties & Responsibilities

The Town of Dannemora hires an individual as a dog control officer as a part-time employee. In addition, the town contracts with the Elmore SPCA for shelter services. The dog control officer, as required by Agricultural and Markets Law, performs the following duties:

  1. Enforces licensing.

  2. Seizes and impounds dogs.

  3. Brings an action against any person who has committed any violation of Article 7.

  4. Receives complaints of dangerous dogs and commences dangerous dog proceedings.

  5. Enforces deer depredation and night quarantine orders and local dog control laws and ordinances.

Some of the typical duties of the officer include seizing and impounding stray and dangerous dogs. He also receives and answers complaints from the public regarding dog nuisances using state statutes and local ordinances and laws as a guide. He issues appearance summons and arrest warrants and participates in court proceedings including the preparation of reports and providing information, testimony, and evidence. He enforces quarantine laws and orders applicable to dogs. He investigates reports of cruelty to animals and reports sick or injured animals to veterinarians for corrective action.

Dog Redemption Process By Town

Each town/city charges a redemption fee to the owner for the release of a dog picked up by its Dog Control Officer. This fee is collected by the Elmore SPCA and transferred in full to the appropriate town. Each town/city determines their redemption rates. Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, prior to the release of a dog to the owner, proof of license and rabies must be provided. All are seven day hold redemption periods.


Town/City Redemption Rate

Town of Dannemora - Flat rate $25

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