Dog Control

Dog Control FAQ's
What areas are covered by the Town of Union Dog Office?
The Town of Union Dog Control Office covers the entire Town of Union including the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott.
What are the hours for the Dog Control Office?

The Dog Control office is staffed seven days a week as follows - Tuesday and Wednesday 8 am to 4 pm, Monday, Thursday and Friday 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. The Town Office building is closed on weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays. For After hour’s emergencies, please call 786-2941. After hours emergencies are considered to be an injured dog or a dog bite where the owner of the dog is not known.

My dog is missing, what should I do?
Please call the Dog Control Office at (607) 786-2940 as soon as you know your dog is missing. If we are closed or unavailable, please leave a voicemail message with a description of the dog and how we may contact you. You should also call the Broome County Dog Shelter at 778-2493. For a list of DCO's in Broome County please refer to this site
http://www.gobroomecounty.com/community/BCDogControlOfficers.pdf
I found a dog, what should I do?
Please call the Dog Control Office at (607) 786-2940. You should not keep the dog. It is unlawful to keep some else’s dog. If the dog is not claimed after 10 days, it may be possible for you to adopt it.
What are the requirements for leashing a dog?
The Town of Union Code requires dogs to be restrained by an adequate collar and leash and accompanied by an owner or a responsible person and under the full control of such owner or person when not on the owners’ property.
What is considered a barking nuisance?
Any dog which engages in loud howling, barking, crying or whining so as to unreasonably annoy any person is considered a public nuisance.
How do I voice a concern about a dog problem?
Please call (607) 786-2940 to speak with the Dog Control office. If closed or unavailable, please leave a brief message including your name and call back phone number.
When should I license my dog?
All dogs four months of age or older that are owned or harbored in the Town of Union must be licensed.
How do I license a dog?
If you live in the Town of Union, Village of Johnson City or Village of Endicott you may obtain a dog license by visiting the Town Clerk's office at 3111 E. Main Street, Endwell or by calling 786-2900. The application shall be accompanied by the license fee and a certificate of rabies vaccination, provided such certificate or affidavit shall not be required if the same is already on file with the Town Clerk. In lieu of the rabies certificate an owner may present a statement certified by a licensed veterinarian stating that he has examined the dog and found that the life of the dog would be endangered by vaccinating due to old age or other reasons. In the case of a spayed or neutered dog, every application shall also be accompanied by a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian or an affidavit signed by the owner, showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, provided such certificate or affidavit shall not be required if the same is already on file with the Town Clerk.
Do you take dogs that are no longer wanted by their owners?
No, please contact the Front Street Dog Shelter at (607) 778-2493 for this service.
If I believe a dog is being mistreated, what should I do?
The Dog Control Officer does not investigate animal cruelty cases. They are handled by the Humane Society which may be contacted at 724-3709.
Do you handle cats or other animal complaints?
Complaints of this nature should be directed to your municipality’s Code Enforcement Office.
Do you have dogs that are adoptable?
Inquires of this nature should be directed to the Broome County Dog Shelter at 778-2493 or the Broome County Humane Society at 724-3709
Do you have a list of Rabies Vaccination Clinics?
The Broome County Health Department lists clinics on the following site: http://www.gobroomecounty.com/eh/rabies