All dogs within the Town four months of age or older, unless otherwise exempted, shall be licensed by the Town.
The following dogs are exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter.
Dogs harbored within the Town which are owned by a nonresident of New York State and licensed by a jurisdiction outside of New York State, for a period of thirty (30) days; and
Dogs held at a shelter pursuant to an agreement with a county, city, town, village or duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society or dog protective association.
Dog owners applying for a license must show proof that the dog has been vaccinated to prevent rabies, or provide a statement from a veterinarian that the dog's life would be endangered by that vaccination, in which case the dog has not been vaccinated.
Upon validation by the Town Clerk, the application for a dog license shall become a license for the dog or dogs described therein. Each license shall be valid for a period of one year, shall expire on the last day of the last month of its term and shall be nontransferable.
Upon the first issuance of a dog license, the Town Clerk shall issue an identification number for each such dog and shall provide the owner with a tag for each such dog with such identification number. In the event that an identification tag is lost, the Town Clerk, upon request of the owner and payment of a fee set by the Town Board, shall issue a replacement identification tag or tag number.
The fees for licensing of dogs pursuant to this chapter shall be in such amounts as the Town Board may, from time to time, establish by resolution.
The fee established by the Town Board for an unspayed or unneutered dog shall be at least $5 more than the fee for a spayed or neutered dog.
Exempted from payment of the license fees are applications for a dog license for any guide, hearing, service, war, working search, detection, police and therapy dogs with proper documentation annually.
In addition to the license fees established by the Town Board, each applicant for a dog license shall pay a New York State surcharge of $1 in the case of a spayed or neutered dog or $3 in the case of an unspayed or unneutered dog.