Town of DeRuyter, New York

Dog Licensing


New York State Law requires all dogs four months old and older to be licensed in the Town in which the dog resides.  Please be sure to bring proof of a current rabies vaccination and a certificate of spaying/neutering, if applicable.
  • The fee to license a spayed/neutered dog is $10.00.  The fee to license an unspayed/unneutered dog is $16.00.

 Apply for a dog license at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular hours or by mail.
  • If the dog is spayed or neutered, a certificate from a licensed veterinarian or an affidavit from the owner showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, unless this proof is already on file with the clerk.
  • All dogs three months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccine.
  • After the dog license application and appropriate certificates are filed and the license fee has been paid, the license will be validated for a one, two or three year period.
  • If applying by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your validated license and tag. Edit Text

Application for a Dog License


Town of DeRuyter Dog Control Law:
In 1987 the Town Board adopted a Dog Control Law.  Section 4 of that Local Law lists the following restrictions:
  1. No owner shall permit or allow a dog to run at large within the Town of DeRuyter.
  2. No dog shall be permitted to chase or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as reasonable to cause intimidation or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury; or
  3. No dog shall be permitted to chase, run alongside of or bark at motorycycles, bicycles, animals or snowmobiles.
  4. No owner shall fail to provide dogs with sufficient , good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering and with humane care and treatment.

This local law is enforced by the dog control officer of the Town of DeRuyter and his/her deputy.  Any dog found in violation of the provisions of this local law may be seized pursuant to the provisions of Section 118 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.  Seized dogs may be redeemed by producing proof of licensing and by paying the impoundment fees

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