Town Of Brutus
 Dog/Wildlife Information 

DOGS in the TOWN OF BRUTUS/VILLAGE OF WEEDSPORT

In 2013, the Town of Brutus/Village of Weedsport conducted a Dog Census in which random checks were made at various locations throughout the Town and/or Village.  If needed, a court summons was issued along with associated fines for the unlicensed dog(s).

 

If there is a change in status regarding a licensed dog (ie. deceased, missing, lost, stolen, etc.), please notify the Town office and, please, provide proof of euthanasia record, if applicable.  Otherwise, the dog owner will continue to receive dog license renewals and/or court summonses concerning the unlicensed dog.  The Town Office is not notified by the veterinarian in such cases.   

 

Per NYS Agriculture and Markets Law (Article 7) and the Town of Brutus Code (Chapter 50):  ALL DOGS 4 MONTHS OF AGE AND OLDER MUST BE LICENSED.  Proof of rabies and whether the dog is spayed/neutered must be provided.  If a dog is unable to receive the rabies vaccination due to health issues or age, a note from the licensed veterinarian stating the reason of exemption is required. 

 

Once a dog is licensed, the owner will receive a paper license and metal tag with a number identifying the dog as being licensed in the Town of Brutus. 

*The license is good for 1 year.

*Each year, the dog license must be renewed in the same month as the original dog license month.

*Reminder notices will be mailed out the last week of the previous month or the first week of month that the license is due. 

*The original registration/license month will remain with the dog for life.  

*The original tag number will remain with the dog for life.

*A valid rabies certificate must be provided (when required) at the dog license renewal date. 

*If a rabies vaccination has expired or is about to expire (within 30 days), a current rabies certificate must be provided in order to process and renew the dog license for that particular year.       

 

Please contact the Town of Brutus Clerk's Office at #(315) 834-9398, if any questions or concerns.  The Town of Brutus Dog Control Officer (DCO) is Carl Collier and can be reached at #(315) 253-4367 for any dog related issues. 

 

Reasons why dogs are required to be licensed

-It's a NYS Law!

-A permanent paper trail is created if any disputes arise in the future.

-Public health is protected by the initial and continuing awareness against RABIES, etc.

-Revenues are generated for dog control and dog protection services; protection of the community, property, domestic animals and deer from possible attacks/damage.  

-An efficient and essential means of identifying a particular dog and/or the owner, in case of a lost or found situation.

 

PLEASE REFER TO THE BRUTUS TOWN LAW (Chapter 50 Animals; Article I, Section 50-6) FOR SPECIFIC SECTIONS CONCERNING DOG RELATED ISSUES IN THE TOWN OF BRUTUS/VILLAGE OF WEEDSPORT. 

 

TOWN OF BRUTUS DOG LICENSING PROCEDURE

1) DOG LICENSE RENEWAL NOTICES ARE MAILED AT THE END OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH OR THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH THAT THE DOG LICENSE IS ACTUALLY DUE. 

2) DOG LICENSE LATE RENEWAL NOTICES ARE MAILED THE FIRST WEEK OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH THAT THE DOG LICENSE IS DUE.  A 2 1/2 WK DUE DATE IS GIVEN FOR THE DOG LICENSE TO BE RENEWED.  

3) REMINDER CALLS ARE MADE CONCERNING DOG LICENSE STATUS.  A 2 WK DUE DATE IS GIVEN FOR THE DOG LICENSE TO BE RENEWED FROM THAT POINT.   

4) A DOG COURT SUMMONS OR TICKET MAY BE ISSUED TO THE OWNER FOR COURT APPEARANCE (WHICH MAY INCLUDE ADDITIONAL FINES/FEES ON TOP OF THE ORIGINAL LICENSE    COSTS/FEES).

 

Links:
Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

GENERAL INFO:  #(315) 253-5841

 

ADOPTIONS:  #(315) 253-5841

 

REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CRUELTY, NEGLECT:  #(315) 294-0397

 

SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS: #(315) 224-8893

 

Found an animal that appears to be orphaned or abandoned?
Chances are the parent(s) are nearby. For more information, check out the link above. 
NYS Agriculture & Markets

Article 7; Sections 113, 114, 117

 

The link consists of much information!  Once you click on the link, go to "Divisions" (under "The Department") in the dark blue section to the left; then click on "Animal Industry"; "New York State Laws on Animal Issues"; "Dog Licensing, Animal Population Control Program".

NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation

(Region 7--Cayuga County)

 

WEEKDAYS:  Call Local DEC Regional Wildlife Office #(315) 426-7400.

  

WEEKENDS:  Contact Environmental Conservation Officer Dispatch Line  #1-877-457-5680.

 

 

If a dog or cat is in a trap, call Local Police #(315) 255-2766.

 

FAQs:
Accidently hit an animal?

Per NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, Section 601:

*Any person operating a motor vehicle which strikes and/or injures a dog, cat, horse or cow, etc must stop and try to locate the owner.

*The driver must report incident to police if the animal's owner cannot be located.

*If the driver fails to do so, the driver could be charged for leaving the scene of injury without reportingit if a driver hits a dog or cat and leaves the scene, which would be considered a "traffic infraction".

*Information that must be given: Driver's Name, Driver's Address, Proof of Insurance, License #, Year-Make-Model of Vehicle. 

 

*CONTACT POLICE or CALL 9-1-1.

*CONTACT LOCAL MUNICIPALITY. 

Documents:
DOG CONTROL: ISSUES (PDF - 73.5 KB)
DOG CONTROL: LICENSING (PDF - 136.7 KB)

THE BREAKDOWN OF DOG LICENSE FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

•The fee for a spayed/neutered dog ($6) or unspayed/unneutered dog ($14) is determined by the Town Board. 

 

•If deemed necessary, fees may increase due to cost (ink, paper, envelopes, stamps, staff time to print lists, dog license renewals and/or reminder notices, phone calls to follow up on dog status, rabies vaccination information, required notifications for dog court summonses, completing summons paperwork process, increased contract fees associated with the Dog Control Officer of Finger Lakes Dog Protection Agency, etc). 

 

•It is a NYS Law that all dogs 4 months of age must be licensed! (See reasons stated above.)

 

•Of the dog license fees, for the purpose of carrying out animal population control, $1 is a NYS surcharge for spayed/neutered dogs; $3 is a NYS surcharge for unspayed/unneutered dogs.  The fee for unspayed/unneutered dogs must be at least $5 more than the total fee for spayed and neutered dogs.