Animal Control

Animal Control:
The Village of Nassau Animal Control Officer is responsible for answering all animal complaints. The Officer is also responsible for enforcing local laws related to animal control in the Village as well as Article #7 of New York Agricultural & Market Law.

All dogs four months or older are required to be licensed. Dog Licenses can be obtained at the Town of Nassau Clerk’s office, which is located at Town Hall 29 Church Street, Nassau, NY 12123. Persons harboring an unlicensed dog will be subject to arrest and a fine upon conviction.

Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. All dogs, cats, and ferrets four months or older are required by the New York State Public Health Law to be vaccinated for rabies.

It is unlawful for a dog to be unleashed off the owner’s premises in the Village of Nassau. This includes all parks and public areas.

Clean up
It shall be the duty of every dog owner or person having possession, custody, or control of a dog to remove any feces left by said dog and deposit it in a container lawfully used for disposal of refuse.

Lost Dog
If you have lost your dog, contact the Village of Nassau Animal Control Officer at (518) 810-2400. If there is no answer, leave a message with your name, address, and phone number. Also give the breed, color, sex and age and any other identifying collars or tags that are on the dog. If your dog returns home before you are called back, please leave a message to let us know your dog has returned.

Impounded Dog
If your dog has been impounded, contact the Village of Nassau Animal Control Officer at (518) 810-2400 and leave a message and your call will be returned the following business day.

Rabies and Wild Animals
Rabies is found in warm-blooded animals, frequently in raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats. All warm-blooded animal bites are considered for possible exposure to the rabies virus. For this reason, it has been mandated by the New York State Public Health Law that every animal bite be reported to the Rensselaer County Public Health Department. A bite by any animal should be thoroughly cleansed with soap and water as soon as possible, and medical attention should be sought immediately. The biting animal must be captured if it is a stray cat, dog, or wild animal (if it can be identified).

If your pet fights with a known or suspected rabies animal, the rabies virus in that animal’s saliva may remain alive on a pet’s skin or in its mouth for up to three hours. If it is necessary to handle that pet during this period, wear gloves. Wash the pet with soap and water. Call the Rensselaer County Health Department at (518) 270-2655 (weekdays during business hours) or call 911 (after hours and weekends)

Lynn Torello


Phone: (518) 275-9284
Fax: (518) 766-2939

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