Welcome to the official website of Jefferson County New York

21897 County Rd 190
Watertown ,
NY
13601

Dog Control

Jefferson County Dog Shelter

Todd L Cummings , Director of Dog Control
21897 County Road 190
Watertown, New York 13601

Phone: (315) 779-5900
Fax: (315) 779-1295
E-Mail: countyshelter@co.jefferson.ny.us

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday - 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Saturday - 8:00 A.M. to NOON
Sunday - closed

After-hours Emergencies: Pager service through 911 Dispatch Center, covering City Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and New York State Police.

Objectives

  • To provide services according to our agreement with the 15 towns in Jefferson County and the City of Watertown.
  • Rendering to the towns, dog control services and pound or shelter services as set forth in Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law with exception of Section 122 therefore commonly referred to as 'leash law'.
  • To provide Public Awareness and Education to residents of Jefferson County and have Public Displays setup at events throughout the County.

 Types Of Services, Assistance

  • Door to door licensing of all dogs in the 15 towns and the City of Watertown.
  • Contacting delinquent dog owners from computer printouts sent to us by the city and town clerks
  • Providing technical assistance in the licensing of dogs.
  • Issuing appearance tickets, accusatory instruments and court appearances on unlicensed dogs and violations of court orders.
  • Picking up stray, lost, unlicensed and injured dogs.
  • Care of dogs at the shelter, feeding and cleaning.
  • Redemption and adoption of dogs along with a rabies shot.
  • Handling paperwork and funds from redemptions and adoptions.
  • Responding to general complaints on dogs and dangerous dogs which have attacked people or domestic animals as defined in Article 7.
  • Enforcing local laws and restrictions to all 15 towns
  • Responsible for filing of all rabies certificates after clinics are held.
  • Investigating all dog bites with follow ups.
  • Assisting Public Health Department when needed for rabies control.
  • Public awareness displays at events throughout the County, some involve adoption of animals and others are just informational.
  • Assisting law enforcement with animal cruelty investigations and other complaints.
  • Enforcement of City codes Chapter 81-Animals
  • Providing service to nine villages within county jurisdiction (see map below)

Referral:

Referrals accepted from police agencies, courts, social agencies, SPCA, other Dog Control Officers and individuals.

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If you require the assistance of dog control, please consult the map below for the appropriate contact information: