Animal Control


If you own pets, please be mindful of the following:

Dog Licenses


Dog owners are required by State law to obtain a license to own, harbor, or keep any dog more than five (5) months of age or within thirty (30) days of acquiring ownership.  Owners must obtain a dog license in person or by mail from the Village Clerk/Treasurer by April 1 of each calendar year.


Leashing


A dog is considered "at large" in the Village if it is off the premises of the owner or keeper and is not under control of a leash no longer than ten (10) feet and the leash is held by a person of at least ten (10) years of age, competent to govern it and prevent it from annoying or worrying pedestrians or trespassing on private property where dogs are forbidden.  Any stray dog or dogs running at large within the Village, may be impounded by the Columbia County Sheriff's Department or their designated agent, and/or delivered to the local Humane Society or animal shelter.


Rabies Vaccinations


The owner of a dog shall have the dog vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian within thirty (30) days after the dog reaches four (4) months of age and re-vaccinated within one (1) year after the initial vaccination.  The owner of a dog shall have the dog re-vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian before specified, within two (2) years after the previous vaccination.


Animal Feces


It shall be unlawful for any person in immediate control of any dog to permit fecal matter which is deposited by such dog while off of its own premises to remain on any street, alley, sidewalk, lawn, field, or any public property, and it shall be solely the responsibility of the person in control of said dog to immediately, after deposit, remove all fecal matter and dispose of the same.


Barking Dogs or Crying Cats


It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to keep or harbor any dog or animal which habitually barks, howls, or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries or howls to the great discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or in such manner as to materially disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood who are of ordinary sensibilities.


Neglect, Abandoned, or Injured Animals


No person may abandon any animal.  Any law enforcement officer may remove, shelter, and care for an animal found to be cruelly exposed to the weather, starved, or denied adequate water, neglected, abandoned, or otherwise treated in a cruel manner and may deliver such animal to another person to be sheltered, cared for, and given medical attention, if necessary.


Columbia County Humane Society