Dog Control Officer: Melissa Mariano
Melissa Mariano, Dog Control Officer
4600 W. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13219
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Phone: (315) 488-1234
Fax: (315) 488-8983
(After 4:30 PM weekdays and weekends/holidays only)
The Dog Control Officer enforces all dog-related ordinances within the Towns of Camillus and Van Buren. This includes both investigating violations of the law and following up on complaints against dog owners, which may be filed by anyone at any time. The Dog Control Officer may contact dog owners by mail, by phone, in person, or in some cases will issue citations to appear in Court where fines may be imposed by the presiding judge.
MY DOG GOT LOOSE!
If your dog gets loose, the first thing to do is contact the Dog Control Officer to alert him that the dog is missing. Oftentimes, the Dog Control Officer will already have received reports from citizens that they have either sighted or found the dog. By the time you discover the dog is missing, the Dog Control Officer may already have brought the dog to the kennel for safekeeping. Depending on your location, you may also wish to alert any neighboring Towns in case they find your dog:
Town of Geddes: 467-0541
Town of Onondaga: 469-3144
Town of Marcellus: 673-2256
Town of Elbridge: 689-3073
PLEASE NOTE: New York State only requires impounded dogs be held for five days to allow owner retrieval. Once this mandatory waiting period is up, the dog may be euthanized or adopted out and the owner forfeits all rights to the dog. Unless you notify the Dog Control Officer that your dog is missing, we cannot help coordinate your dog’s safe return and you may even risk losing your dog permanently!
Dogs impounded by the Camillus/Van Buren Dog Control Officer are housed and cared for under 24 hour a day surveillance at the Town's dog kennel until they can be reunited with their owner. No dog impounded at the private kennel will be released back into its owner’s custody without payment of an impoundment fee, boarding fees, and proof of a current New York State dog license. First time impoundments carry a minimum fee of $20.00, second time impoundments carry a minimum fee of $50.00, and any subsequent impoundments carry a minimum fee of $100.00.
Dog licenses are issued under the authority of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The state requires that all dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed. Licenses must be renewed annually and owners will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately a month prior to the license renewal date.
To obtain a license, the owner must provide to the Town Clerk’s office veterinary documentation of a current rabies vaccination and, if the dog has been spayed or neutered, veterinary documentation of that. In Camillus, the cost to license a spayed/neutered dog is $7.00 and the cost to license an unspayed or unneutered dog is $14.00. In Van Buren, the cost to license a spayed/neutered dog is $14.00 and the cost to license an unspayed or unneutered dog is $24.50.
Owners who fail to license their dog or renew the existing license for a dog will be in violation of this law.
The municipality ID number tag should be kept on the dog’s collar at all times so if the dog is found, the owner can be traced and notified.
The Towns of Camillus and Van Buren have thousands of licensed dogs and most of those owners do care for their dogs responsibly. However, to protect everyone’s interest, the Towns do have laws which all dog owners must abide by and which the Dog Control Officer enforces.
Some common issues are covered below and the complete laws pertaining to dog control can be found in the Camillus Municipal Code Book, Chapter 54-Dog Control.
Dogs Running at Large (Leash Law)
All dogs must be on a leash when outside and off their owner’s property. Any person handling a dog on a leash must be able to maintain total control of the dog. The law also states that if your dog is tethered at your residence, it must not be able to get loose and the tether must not allow the dog to cross the property line.
No dog may deposit waste (feces) on the property of another unless the waste is immediately removed and properly disposed of. Any owner who does not properly clean up after their dog is in violation of this law. Owners of loose dogs who leave waste on other property face two violations - this law and the leash law.
Dogs communicate vocally; they may bark, whine, or howl for attention, food, as a warning, or for other reasons. A good dog owner will understand their dog’s vocal behavior and react appropriately to prevent it from becoming a nuisance to others. When the dog owner does not address their dog’s vocal behavior and allows its long continuance to become a disturbance to others, the Dog Control Officer may cite the owner for violating this law.
The complete laws pertaining to dog control can be found in the Van Buren Municipal Code, Chapter 86-Animals.
The Town of Camillus does not offer any services with regard to wildlife, nor is there any Countywide program for dealing with wildlife. If homeowners need assistance with the management or removal of wildlife from their property, it is suggested they contact a wildlife nuisance control expert for assistance.