[Adopted 12-20-2010 by L.L. No. 9-2010]
Editor's Note: This local law superseded former Art. I, Annual License Fees, adopted 9-22-1980 by L.L. No. 8-1980, as amended.
The purpose of this article is to provide for the licensing and identification of dogs pursuant to Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2010 of the State of New York, effective January 1, 2011, as well as the continued control and protection of the dog population and of persons, property, domestic animals and deer from dog attack and damage.
All dogs within the Town of Clifton Park, four 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, as well as any application license surcharges and such additional fees as may be established by the Town Board. Each license application fee shall be accompanied by proof that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies or a statement from a licensed veterinarian that such vaccination would endanger the dog’s life, in which case the vaccination shall not be required in the discretion of the Town’s Health Officer.
The Saratoga County Animal Shelter, acting through its management personnel, is hereby authorized to provide, accept and grant an application for a dog license made by a resident of Clifton Park at the time of adoption of a dog from the Saratoga County Dog Shelter, provided that such application is made in accordance with this chapter and that the license fee, along with any additional fee and surcharge, shall be remitted to the Town Clerk of the Town of Clifton Park on or before the third day of the following month in which the license fee was received.
In addition to the license fee established by Subsection A above, each applicant for a dog license shall pay a surcharge of $1 if the dog to be licensed is spayed or neutered and $3 if the dog is not so altered.
Excepted from payment of the license fees in Subsection A above are applications submitted for a dog license for any guide, service, war, working dogs, search or law enforcement purposes, and therapy dogs.
The surcharge identified in Subsection A above shall be collected by the Town Clerk and submitted to the New York State Animal Population Control Fund, to the entity designated by the State of New York, pursuant to Agriculture and Markets Law § 107, as amended.
Editor's Note: For the animal population control program, see § 117-a of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
All dog owners are required to notify the Town Clerk of a change in ownership of any dog over the age of four months, within the Town of Clifton Park, within 30 days of the change in ownership, and to apply for a current dog license if required by this chapter.
The license tags issued by the Town Clerk shall contain the identification number issued by the Clerk. All dogs within the Town of Clifton Park must wear the license tags issued by the Clerk at all times, except that a dog participating in a dog show shall be exempt from the identification section of this article and of § 111 of the Agriculture and Markets Law during such participation.