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Dog Licensing

Dog Control

Banjo the Dog

Dog Control in the Town of Dryden (including the Villages of Dryden and Freeville) is provided by:
Jason Leonard (607) 342-8477

The Town Dog Control Officer has pledged to:

  • Treat all dogs with kindness
  • Provide safety and security for all dogs
  • Make every effort to return a stray dog to its owner
  • Maintain a sanitary environment
  • Provide proper immunizations and take measures to control parasites
  • Be honest, fair, and respectful with members of the community
  • View ourselves as a dog welfare organization
  • Put the welfare of the dogs above our personal gain
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other dog rescue organizations

The Town uses a state-of-the-art kennel with in-floor radiant heat, ceiling fans, air conditioning, a kitchen, and containment rooms. The kennel has natural light as well as attached outdoor (covered) runs.

Adoption Services: Dogs that become available for adoption will be evaluated for temperament and socialization skills, and if necessary, receive behavioral rehabilitation training. It may be necessary for a dog to spend some time in foster care before they are ready for adoption. They will be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, parvo virus, and bordatello/kennel cough. Our goal is to place these dogs back into the community in a loving home, and we will do our best to match the personality of the dog with its prospective new owner.

The cost of adoption of one of our dogs will be under $100, depending on whether the dog is spayed/neutered and whether any extraordinary care has been given.

Please contact Mr. Leonard to find out what dogs we may have available for adoption.

If you have a dog related issue, please contact the Dog Control Officer, Jason Leonard at 607-342-8477. Residents should not call the Tompkins County SPCA for dog-related issues.

The kennel is located at 642 Wood Road, Freeville, NY 13068.

Duties of the Dog Control Officer

  • Enforce the Town of Dryden Dog Control Ordinance and NYS Agriculture & Markets Law Article 7
  • Respond to complaints regarding nuisance dogs or dogs at large
  • Seize and impound unlicensed dogs and dogs running at large
  • Provide proper shelter, care, feed, exercise, and water for such dogs
  • Provide 24 hour emergency service
  • Make dogs available for adoption or redemption by owner for a period of time equal to or greater than the minimum redemption period required by law
  • Ensure that all dogs are properly licensed at the time of adoption or redemption
  • Serve appearance tickets on dog owners prepared by the Town Clerk for failure to renew dog licenses.
  • Issue appearance tickets and participate in court proceedings

Note: By law, unidentified dogs may be euthanized after being held for five days if not redeemed by the owner. It is the goal  to make every effort to return a dog to its owner, or find it a suitable new home. This will undoubtedly result in sheltering the dogs for a longer period of time.

Dog Control Local Law

Licensing your dog in the Town of Dryden

Licensing your dog is the law in New York State, and is an excellent way to help the dog control officer return your lost dog to you. Because a rabies vaccination is required prior to obtaining a license, it also helps keep our community and pets safer.

Dogs four months of age and older are required to have a license. In the Town of Dryden, the yearly license fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $11.00, and $23.00 for a dog that is not spayed or neutered.

Of this fee, $1 and $3, respectively, is paid over to New York State to assist with a spay/neuter program. The remainder of the fee is retained by the Town, together with dog fines and impound fees, and must be used for dog control program expenses.

To print a license application, click here.