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Dog Licensing and Control Law




Town of Steuben

Local Law NO. 1 of the Year 2010

BE IT ORDAINED by the Town Board of the Town of Steuben, as follows:

Dog Licensing and Control Law

Section 1   AUTHORITY:   This Local Law is enacted pursuant to the provisions of (Chapter 59; Part T of the Laws of 2010) Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law and the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York.

Section 2   PURPOSE:       The Town Board of the Town of Steuben, County of New York, herby finds and declares that the purpose of this Local Law is to provide for the licensing and identification of dogs, the cost of which shall be borne by those who own and harbor dogs in said Town to the greatest extent possible, and to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons and property.

Section 3   DEFINITION TERMS:      All Terms not specifically defined herein shall have the meaning assigned to such terms within 108 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.  As used in this ordinance, the following words shall have the following respective meanings.

 AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW. The Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York in effect as of the effective date of this chapter, as amended by this chapter, and as amended thereafter.

B.      DOG.         Dog shall mean any dog regardless of age, male, or female, licensed and unlicensed, members of the species canis familiaris.

C.      DOG WARDEN.        Any person authorized from time to time to enforce the provisions of this or the provisions of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York or as authorized by the Town Law.

          D.  HARDOR.   To provide food or shelter to any dog.

E.   IDENTIFICATION TAG.     A tag issued by the Town Clerk which sets forth the identification number together with the name of the Town and State, the telephone number of the Town Clerk and any other information deemed necessary by the Town Clerk.


F.   Owner.    The party purchasing the license unless the dog is or has been lost and such loss reported to the Dog Warden and reasonable search has been made.  If an animal is not licensed, the term "Owner" shall designate and cover any person or persons, firm, association or corporation, who or which at any time owns or has custody or control of , harbors, or is otherwise responsible for any dog which is kept, brought or comes within the Town of Steuben.  Any person owning or harboring a dog for a period of one week prior to the filing of any information charging a violation of this ordinance shall be held and deemed to be the owner of such a dog for the purpose of this ordinance.  In the event the owner of any dog found to be in violation of this chapter is a minor, the head of the household in which said minor resides shall be deemed to have custody and control of said dog and shall be responsible for any acts of the said dog in violation of this ordinance.

G.  Town.     The area within the corporate limits of the Town of Steuben, County of Oneida.


All dogs within the Town of Steuben four (4) months of age or older, unless otherwise exempted, shall be licensed.  The owner of each dog required to be licensed shall obtain, complete and return to the Town Clerk a dog license application, together with the license application fee, any application license surcharges and such additional fees as may be established by the Town of Steuben. 

Rabies Vaccination Required- All Dogs in the Town of Steuben which are over the age of four months, must maintain current rabies vaccinations.  A current certificate of rabies vaccination must be presented at the time of initial licensing and for license renewal.  Under no circumstances will a dog be granted a license without a current rabies vaccination certificate

Each license issued shall be valid for a period of one (1) year and shall not be transferable.  There will be no refund of license fees.

Fees for licensing dogs effective January 1, 2011:

For each spayed or neutered dog, Nine Dollars ($9.00), which fees includes the assessment of the statutory state surcharge of One Dollar ($1.00), for the purpose of carrying out animal population control.

For each unsprayed or unneutered dog, Twenty Dollars ($20.00), which fee includes the assessment of the statutory state surcharge of Three Dollars ($3.00) for the purpose of carrying out animal population control.

Excepted from the payment of the license fees are applications submitted for a dog license for any guide dog, service dog, hearing dog, or police dog.  At the time of application, the dog owner shall provide written proof satisfactory to the Town Clerk establishing the dog's status to be exempt from licensing fees.

The Town of Steuben shall not issue purebred or kennel licenses.  All dogs shall be licensed individually in accordance with the fee schedule with the fee schedule set forth in Section 4, Paragraph C, Subparagraphs 1 and 2.

The Town Clerk may issue replacement tags for a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00).

Tag numbers shall initially consist of eight digits, beginning with the Oneida County/Steuben Town code 3019 and commencing with the number 0001.

Each tag shall identify the tag number, Town of Steuben, State of New York, and a contact phone number for the Town Licensing Authority.

If a tag is lost or stolen, the dog's owner(s) must report it to the licensing authority as soon as possible.  Replacement tags shall be issued at a replacement cost of $5.00 per tag.

When the Town Board determines the need for a dog enumeration, a fee of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) shall be assessed, in addition to the dog license fees, to all dogs found to be unlicensed or not renewed at the time such enumeration is conducted.

The fees set forth within Section4, Paragraph C, shall be reviewed by the Town Board periodically and may be changed by resolution of the Town Board, if deemed necessary.

The Town of Steuben does not allow the licensing of dogs by a shelter.  The Shelter must direct the adoptive dog owners to the Steuben Town Clerk for the purchase of the license for adoption purposes.

All dog licenses must be purchased by visiting the Steuben Town Office during regular business hours.  Renewals may be sent in by regular mail or may be brought in personally to the Steuben Town Clerk's Office.  If mailing a renewal license application, all required documentary or fee submissions must accompany the application.

The owner of any dog in violation of this Local Law, whose dog is impounded by the Town of Steuben or its agents, shall be entitled to redeem such dog within five (5) business days, excluding the day the dog is impounded, provided that the owner produces proof that the dog is licensed and identified and pays a fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for the first impoundment; a fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for the second impoundment, together with a fee of Three Dollars ($3.00) for each additional twenty-four (24) hour period; and a fee of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) for a third and each subsequent impoundment, together with a fee of Three Dollars($3.00) for each additional twenty-four (24) hour period.

Section 5   RESTRICTIONS:      It shall be unlawful for any Owner or any person harboring or controlling any dog whether or not the dog is licensed or unlicensed the Town of Steuben, to allow such dog to:

Engage in habitual loud howling, barking, crying or whining or conduct itself in such a manner so as to reasonably and habitually disturb the comfort or repose of any person other than the owner of such dog, or which disturbs the peace by barking, howling or making other loud noises to the annoyance and discomfort of any person in the Town of Steuben.

Cause damage or destruction to property or commit a nuisance upon the premises of a person other than the owner or person or persons harboring said dog.

Chase or otherwise harass in such a manner to reasonably cause intimidation or to put such person or persons in a state of apprehension of bodily harm or injury.

Habitually chase or bark at motor vehicles, bicycles, and people walking on a public Highway.

Cause physical harm or death to other animals.

If a female dog, be off the owner's premises when in heat.


Section 6.  DOG WARDEN.        The Town board shall appoint and maintain a Dog Warden for the Town of Steuben to enforce this local law.  Such Dog warden, or any peace officer, observing a violation of this law in his or her presence shall issue and serve an appearance ticket for such violation.  A record of each incident shall be kept for a minimum of three years from the creation of such record.

Section 7   ENFORCEMENT:    The enforcement of the provisions of this ordinance shall be the responsibility of the Dog Warden duly appointed by the Town Board as provided by the Town Law.  Said Dog Warden shall hereby have the authority to enforce the provisions of this ordinance, and enforce the provisions of Section 116 of the Agriculture and Markets Law entitled "Dangerous Dogs"; may investigate and make applicable reports to the Town Justice concerning any and all instances in regard to the conduct of dogs, shall hereby have the authority to issue appearance tickets as provided in Section 116 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, and see that the order or orders of the Town Justice of the Town of Steuben in such case or cases are carried out.

Section 8   COMPLAINT OF VIOLATION:         Any person who observes a dog in violation of this chapter may file a signed complaint under oath with the Town of Steuben Dog Warden or a Justice of the Town of Steuben specifying the nature of the violation, the date thereof, a description of the dog and the name and residence, if known,



Upon receipt by the Town Justice of any such complaint, he shall summon the alleged owner to appear in person before him for a hearing, at which both the complainant and owner shall have an opportunity to be represented by counsel and to present evidence.  If the summons is disregarded, the justice may permit the filing of information and issue a warrant for the arrest of such person.

If, after such hearing, The Town Justice decides that further action is warranted, he may order:

The dog to be declared a vicious or dangerous dog to be restrained by collar and leash at all times whether on or off the owner's property.

The dog to be confined to the premises of the owner.

Such other remedy as may be warranted by the circumstances in such case.

A violation of any order issued by a Town Justice under the provisions of this Section 9 shall be an offense punishable, upon conviction thereof, as provided in Section 10.

Section 10 VIOLATION:    Any person who violates this ordinance or knowingly permits the violation of this ordinance or any of the provisions thereof, shall be deemed to have committed an offense against this ordinance and any and all persons convicted of such violation, after investigation and hearing, shall be liable to a penalty of no more than $125.00 for the first offense; no less than $50.00 nor more than $200.00 for the second offense; and no less than $100.00 nor more than $300.00 for the third offense, or in alternative, five (5) days in jail for each and every violation.

Section 11 INVALIDITY:   The invalidity of any section of this ordinance shall not invalidate any other section or provision thereof.

Section 12 EFFECTIVE DATE: This ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days after the proper posting and publication of the adoption of said ordinance as authorized by the Town Law.

Moved by:          ___Harry Landman, Councilman______

Seconded by:     ____Janet Broadbent, Councilwoman___

Ayes:         __Harry Landman, Councilman; Janet Broadbent, Councilwoman; Les Dean, Councilman; Troy Finn, Councilman; and  L. Daniel Carpenter, Supervisor.

Nays:         ______None_________________________________


DATE OF ADOPTION:     __December 9, 2010___


                                                          Town Clerk