Departments Dog Control

Dog Control Officer

The Dog Control Officer’s primary responsibilities include  answering calls on loose or lost dogs. When a call is received, a search for the dog is done, and, if found, the dog is returned to their home if there is identification on the dog. If not, the dog is transported to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter located at 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY.

Phone: 518-885-4113

Please be sure you dogs are licensed and up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. Rabies infected wild animals are prevalent in our area. If an unvaccinated dog is bitten by a wild animal, the dog will be quarantined for six months at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter at the owner’s expense. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our community. A complete list of the town laws can be found on the Town of Galway website.

Town code for dogs:

Sec. 35-6 Restrictions – It shall be unlawful for any owner of any dog in the Town to permit or allow such dog to:

A. Run at large as defined in this chapter. For the purpose of this chapter, a dog or dogs hunting in the company of a hunter or hunters shall be considered as accompanied by its owner.

B. Engage in habitual loud howling or barking or conduct itself in such a manner so as to unreasonably and habitually disturb the comfort and repose of any person other than the owner of such dog. [Amended 5-10-16 by L.L. No. 1-2016]

C. Uproot, dig or otherwise damage any vegatables, lawns, flowers, garden beds or other property without the consent or approval of the owner thereof.

D. Bite, chase, jump up on or at or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as to reasonably cause intimidation or fear or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.

E. Habitually chase, ran alongside of or bark at motor vehicles, motorcycles or bicycles while on a public street, highway, or place, or upon private property without the consent or approval of the owner of such property.

F. Create a nuisance by defecating, urinating or digging on public property or on private property without the consent or approval of the owner of such property.

G. Kill or injure any dog, cate or other domesticated animal.

H. Be unlicensded when four (4) months of age or older.

I. Not have a current and valid New York State license tag on its collar while at large, whether or not restrained by an adequate leash.


Contact: Tom O’Brien
Phone: Home 518-882-6237 | Cell 518-848-2993