Dog Control

Title Job Title Contact Information
Dan Boccardo Lysander Dog Control Officer, Bookkeeper to the Supervisor Email:
Phone: 315-857-0288
Fax: 315-635-1515
Richard Billings Dog Control Officer Email:
Phone: 315-857-0288
Fax: 315-635-1515

Office hours: 9am-4:30pm M-F

Contact Dog Control at 315-857-0288 for day-to-day issues. For emergencies after 4:30 pm weekdays and weekends/holidays only, call 911.  After hours call 315-857-4825.

The Dog Control office is located at the Lysander offices at 8220 Loop Road facing Route 31 near the brewery. The office is staffed by 2 part-time officers and coverage is provided on a 24×7 basis for pick-up of stray and abandoned dogs. If you believe an emergency situation has occurred, such as a vicious dog attack, please call 911 for immediate assistance. If you need to contact the office for routine (non-emergency) dog control issues please call 315-857-0288 during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm. Please leave a message if we are not immediately available .

The local dog control function is driven by the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 7.    In addition to Article 7, the Town of Lysander also adopted local laws found in Chapter 55 of the Town of Lysander General Code. Section 55 specifically addresses dog control laws within Lysander in response to the requirements of Article 7 (Provided Below).

Article 7 gives guidance to municipalities on issues related to dog licensing, record keeping, dog seizures, impoundment, and other issues related to dog control activities. Article 7 is comprehensive in that it gives local Dog Control Officers specific authority to react to and seize:

  • Any dog which is not identified and, which is not on the owner’s premises.
  •  Any dog which is NOT LICENSED, whether on or off the owner’s premises.
  •  Any licensed dog not in control of, or not on the premises of the dog’s owner or custodian, if there is cause to believe the dog is a “Dangerous Dog“
  •  Any dog which poses an immediate threat to public safety.
  •  Any dog in violation of any local law or ordinance relating to the control of dogs.

Article 7 also grants authority to local dog control officers to issue an appearance ticket pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law, to serve a summons and to serve and execute any other order or process in the execution of the provisions of Article 7. The Town of Lysander laws regarding dog ownership, dog nuisance behavior, running-at-large, dog licensing, and dog seizure are discussed in Chapter 55.

The following questions and answers address some of our residents most common concerns regarding dog control laws and procedures in the Town of Lysander. These questions and answers will also help those not acquainted with the dog control laws to get an understanding of some common issues regarding situational functions of the dog control office and what to do if a similar event happens to you.

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My neighbor’s dog barks constantly and the noise is so loud that I can’t sleep or rest when I’m at home. What can you do about it?

Section 55-10 of the Lysander Town Code prohibits dogs that “Engage in habitual and continuous loud howling, barking, crying or whining so as to unreasonably annoy other persons”.  If you believe this to be the case, you must file a formal complaint with the Lysander Dog Control office. We will then take action to resolve the issue peacefully, and if necessary, escalate our response until a satisfactory resolution is reached. We always recommend as a first step to talk directly to your neighbor and let them know your concern. Most times these types of issues can be worked out between conscientious neighbors.

An unleashed dog was roaming through my yard, and without warning or provocation the dog bit my child. When I tried to catch the animal it ran away. What should I do?

First, seek medical attention for your child and then call 911 to report the incident as soon as possible. This animal is a direct threat to public safety and requires an immediate response from police. If possible, write down all pertinent details for police such as time of attack, where attack occurred, type, size and color of dog, direction dog was going and any other information that will help police locate and seize the animal as quickly as possible. The Lysander dog control office is not an emergency response function; however, if the dog is licensed we can assist in locating and contacting the dogs’ owner(s).

I found a dog on my property that appeared to be lost or abandoned. The dog did not have any identifying tags or a collar. What should I do?

Call the Lysander dog control office at 315-857-0288. This office will arrange for the dog to be picked up and transported to the S.P.C.A. Since the office is only staffed on a part time basis, it’s important to leave a message with your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached. Messages are retrieved daily and depending on the time of day you report the incident you will normally get a call back the same day.

I spotted a dog roaming through my yard and I’d like to report it. Who should I call?

It is unlawful for a dog to freely roam about without a leash or owner close by. Please call the dog control office at 315-857-0288 to report the incident. We will follow up on the report and if necessary seize the dog and transport it to the SPCA.

I recently moved to Lysander but my dog was licensed in the town where we formerly lived. Do I need to do anything in Lysander?

Yes. Dogs that have been licensed in another NYS jurisdiction and move to Lysander must now be licensed in Lysander. You need to license the dog at the Town Clerk’s office. The Clerk’s office is open Monday thru Friday, 9am – 4:30pm. The phone number is 315-638-0224. More information is available on the website at the Town Clerk’s page.

My friend moved and could not take his dog to his new home. He gave the dog to me and the dog is already licensed in the Town of Lysander. Do I need to do anything?

Yes. According the Lysander Code Chapter 55, Section 6, “No license shall be transferable”. Upon the transfer of ownership of any dog, the new owner should apply for a license for the dog within 10 days after the date of transfer. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office for details on licensing the dog.

I took my child to the park to play and there was an individual there with his dog. The dog was unleashed and was running around chasing a Frisbee. Isn’t this against the law?

Not really. If the dog is licensed in Lysander and the dog is “Accompanied by its owner or other responsible person and under such person’s full and immediate control by voice command”, then it is permissible by law as long as there is no threat to public safety. However, good judgment from dog owners is necessary because children need to be able to play in our parks without fear from dogs running unleashed near play areas.

How much does it cost to license my dog?

The fee structure for licensing is as follows:

  • If a dog is spayed or neutered the cost is $7.50. (must provide certificate)
  •  If a dog is not spayed or neutered the cost is $15.50.

The Town Clerk will issue a license if you have proof that the dog has valid rabies shots. The license is renewable each year as long as the dog’s shots are current. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 638-0224 or visit the Town Clerk's page for more information.

I hope Lysander residents find this information useful. If you own a dog please take a few minutes to read Chapter 55 of the Lysander Code so you understand what is expected from responsible dog owners. If you need additional information you can send an email to me at