-Every dog, regardless of age, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than thirty (30) days must be licensed in the town, city or village where the dog is being harbored. The following are the only license exemptions:
-If the dog is under four (4) months of age and not running-at-large (off the owner's premises)
-If a non-resident brings a dog into New York State for less than thirty (30) days and the dog is licensed according to the resident state's licensing laws.
-Every licensed dog must have a certificate of rabies immunization issued by a licensed veterinarian.
-License renewal forms will be mailed directly to the dog owner by the Town Clerk by the first day of the month that your license is due to expire.
The Town of Pomfret license fees are:
Spayed/Neutered Dog - $8.00 ($1.00 of this fee is used to fund the NYS Animal Population Control Program)
Unspayed/Unneutered Dog - $18.00 ($3.00 of this fee is used to fund the NYS Animal Population Control Program)
Guide Dog - No Fee
War Dog - No Fee
Hearing Dog - No Fee
Police Work Dog - No Fee
Service Dog - No Fee
No individual resident may maintain more than four (4) dogs at a single address without complying with specific licensing regulations through the Town Clerk's Office.
Local Dog Control Services
Every licensing town, city or village must have a Dog Control Officer (DCO) and municipal shelter services.
Dog Control Officers are employed by both the Town of Pomfret and the Village of Fredonia.
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 New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has been met, which ever 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 Town Clerk 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 the 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.
NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Marketshttp://www.agriculture.ny.gov/