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).