Town of Thurston, New York

Animal Control

Dog Control Officer

Randy Akins

4539 Starr Road
Campbell, NY 14821
Phone: (607) 776-5177

Dog Licensing Program

Dog Licenses may be purchased from the Town Clerk during regular business hours. Proof of spay/neuter is required as well as current rabies certificate.  One, two, or three year licenses are available. The cost is $7.00 for spay/neutered dog; $15.00 for an unspayed/unneutered dog.

What Dogs Must Be Licensed?

Every dog, regardless of age, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed. The following are the only license exemptions:

  • if the dog is under four months of age and not running-at-large (off the owner's premises)

  • dogs harbored in New York City (these dogs must be licensed by the NYC Department of Health)

  • if a non-resident brings a dog into New York State for less than 30 days and the dog is licensed according to the resident state's licensing laws

  • dogs confined to the premises of any public or private hospital, research institution or a Class A Dealer with a certificate of exemption from the Commissioner.

How to License Your Dog

  • Apply for a dog license with the Town Clerk. Click here (PDF) for the link to the form.

  • For guide dogs, war dogs, hearing dogs, police work dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, or detection dogs as of January 1, 2003, satisfactory proof is required, such as a training certificate, etc. for licenses. The usual fee is waived for this type of license, however a license is still required as well as the state surcharge for the DPC program ($1.00 for altered dogs, $3.00 for unaltered dogs).

  • In addition to the application for a regular license, the owner will need:

    1. if the dog is spayed or neutered – a certificate from a licensed veterinarian or an affidavit from the owner showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, unless this proof is already on file with the clerk;

    2. all dogs three months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccine; and

    3. a check payable to the Town of Thurston for the appropriate license fee.

After the application and appropriate certificates are filed and the license fee has been paid, the license will be validated by the Town Clerk. Each dog is assigned a permanent official identification (ID) number and issued a metal ID tag which is to be attached to the dog's collar. NO REFUND WILL BE MADE AFTER A LICENSE HAS BEEN VALIDATED.

For information on free rabies clinics in Steuben County click here (PDF).The Town of Thurston generally holds two rabies clinic per year, usually in April and September. Dates are posted under "special notices" on our website as they occur, as well as on the bulletin board outside the town clerk's office.

How to Change a License

To ensure the accuracy of license records, it is essential that any change to the information on the license be provided to the Town Clerk. The owner must provide in writing any of the following changes:

  • dog ownership

  • dog owner's address

  • loss or theft of the dog (and if the dog is found, its return) and

  • death or relinquishment of a dog

Dog Control Services

The Town of Thurston's Dog Control Officer is responsible to pick up lost and stray dogs and humanely care for them until they can be reunited with their owners.

If your dog is lost or you find a lost dog, immediately contact the Dog Control Officer at the following telephone number: (607) 776-5177.

If a dog is lost but identified with a NYS or local municipality ID tag, the Dog Control Officer will contact the appropriate Town Clerk to trace the dog tag to the owner.

The local dog control officer must institute action for violations of both state and local laws. Fines or civil penalties shall be not less than $25 for the first conviction. A second conviction within five years shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $50 and a third conviction within five years shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.

If dogs injure or kill livestock, the local assessor should be notified immediately. Do NOT destroy or bury the animals. They must be available for examination so the assessor can appraise the damage.

For complete information on the Town of Thurston Dog Control Local Law, please click on the following link:

Local Law #1 of the year 2010, Dog Control Law of the Town of Thurston