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Did you know it is against the law to abandon an animal? The New York State Agriculture & Markets Law, Article 26, Section 355 states: "Abandonment of animals. A person, being the owner or possessor, or having charge or custody of an animal, who abandons such animal, or leaves it to die in a street, road or public place, or who allows such animal, if it becomes disabled, to lie in a public street, road or public place more than three hours after he receives notice that it is left disabled, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both."



Animal cruelty encompasses behavior harmful to animals ranging from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by humane officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty, or abuse, is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter or veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal call your local police agency. (City Police, Sheriff, or State Police)

Animal cruelty does not include barking dogs, loud cats or loose animals. If you have a problem with a loud animal, see a loose or vicious animal, or an injured animal on the side of the road, call your local animal control.

To report animals that are loose, aggressive, or injured, call the Animal Control Officer in your area. Numbers below are for animal control.

All numbers are 518 area code unless otherwise marked

Phone Number
Jane Potts
842-1847 Cell 866-1567
Town of Mayfield
Nancy Parker
Village of Mayfield
Sherri Crouse
Caroga Lake
Howard Dutcher
Dan Robinson
Galway Area Control Off.
Tom O'Brien
Rich Schuyler
Carol McQuade
City of Johnstown
Kelly Warner
Town of Johnstown
Nancy Hart
Lake Pleasant
Mike Peck
Northville/North Hampton
Vern Duesler
William Lints
315 272-8317
Joe Passino

Sherri Crouse



Karen Jaquay
315 429-3966
George Paige
Ron Parslow
548-3415, 548-7321

Fax 548-6203


Section 353-b,

Agriculture and Markets Law Effective: November 21, 2003

The Law: The Owner or Custodian of a dog left outdoors in inclement must provide the dog with shelter appropriate to its breed, physical condition and the climate


Inclement Weather -weather conditions likely to adversely affect the health or safety of the dog (includes rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind, extreme heat or cold, and anything else that is likely to adversely affect the well-being of the dog)

Dog left Outdoors - a dog that is outside in inclement weather without ready access to, or the ability to enter a house, apartment building, office building or any other permanent structure that meets the minimum standards for shelter required by this law.

Physical condition - includes any special medical needs of a dog due to disease, illness, injury, age or breed which an owner or custodian should reasonably know about.

Minimum Standards for Shelter

For Restrained Dogs (tied, chained, etc) - access to shade (natural or artificial) from direct sunlight whenever direct sunlight is likely to adversely affect the health of the dog.

For all Dogs left Outdoors in Inclement Weather- Waterproof roof; structural soundness; sufficient Insulation against inclement weather; space to make normal postural movements; shelter free from excessive dirt, trash, waste; clean immediate surrounding environment

Penalties for Violations:

Seizure of Dogs is Authorized (section 372) Seized Dogs cannot be returned except upon proof that shelter in compliance with the law is being provided

First Offense: Fine - $50-$100

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Fine - $100-$250

Judge can reduce fine by amount owner or custodian proves he or she spent to correct deficiencies in shelter

Beginning 72 hours after a charge of a violation, each day that an owner does not provide adequate shelter to a dog still left outdoors in inclement weather constitutes a separate violation


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