All Dog Control is now handled by the SPCA. To lodge a complaint during regular business hours, you may call the SPCA Animal Cruelty/Dog Complaint office.
After Hours: Call 911
New York State requires that the owner of any dog over the age of four (4) months maintain a license for the animal. Licensing is handled by the DeWitt Town Clerk’s Office.
While we recommend coming to Town Hall for the first license, both the initial licensing and all renewals can be done by mail.
Proof of current rabies vaccination is required.
For first-time licenses, your dog’s rabies certificate and, if applicable, spaying or neutering papers must be presented. Upon licensing, you will receive a tag with an identification number issued by the Town of DeWitt; by law this tag must be attached to your dog’s collar. (The tag can be replaced for a small fee if lost). We strongly recommend adding to the collar an additional tag which shows the address and telephone number where you can be reached. Used together, the two manners of tagging provide the greatest likelihood of having your dog quickly returned to you should it become lost.
The dog license is good for one, two or three years depending on the option chosen. Notification to renew is mailed to the dog’s owner by the the town. When renewing, you will need to submit the fee and an updated rabies certificate if the original has expired. If your dog has been newly spayed or neutered, the papers should be presented at this time.
Fees: Spayed or neutered: $10.00/year
Un-spayed or un-neutered: $18.00/year
New York State Dog Control Laws
New York State has various laws concerning dogs which are enforced by the towns across the state. Dog Control Officers are responsible for: picking up stray dogs; investigating and pursing cases of “dangerous dogs”, as defined in NYS Agriculture and Market Law; and enforcing a prohibition on dogs chasing deer.
DeWitt Ordinances Concerning Dogs
The Town of DeWitt has various ordinances and regulations concerning dogs. Complaints concerning violations should be made to the SPCA.
- Leash Law: A dog is required to be on a leash “…and accompanied by and in full control of the owner or other responsible person” when the dog is off of its owner’s property. Dogs must be leashed in Town of DeWitt parks. Park personnel have the authority to eject owners who refuse to comply with the rules.
- Pooper Scooper Law: Owners are responsible for preventing their dogs from defecating on the property of others. Additionally, they are responsible for cleaning up after their dog if the dog defecates on town property.
- Barking dogs: Dewitt’s noise ordinance states that “…a noise disturbance from a barking dog shall be defined as that created by a dog barking continually for ten (10) minutes or intermittently for thirty (30) minutes unless provoked.”