Animals & Pets

Leash Law
The leash law requires all dogs to be leashed unless accompanied by, and under the full control of, either their owner or another person responsible for the dog's actions. When traveling with your dog, carry all paperwork and check with other municipalities for any additional regulations. See the Town Code of the Town of Bethlehem Article 61 for further information.

Scooper Law
The scooper law prohibits dog owners from allowing their dogs to deposit any droppings or excrement on any private property, public roads, sidewalks, parks, or school property. Dog owners are required to immediately remove any dog droppings, place them in a suitable container, and dispose of them safely. See Town Code of the Town of Bethlehem Article 61 for further information.

Dog Licenses
New York State law requires licenses for all dogs at least four months old.

All Dogs, Cats & Ferrets
The Albany County Board of Health requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be immunized against rabies. Rabies immunization clinics for dogs, cats, and ferrets are currently offered yearly at Elm Avenue Park, as well as at other county locations, in conjunction with the Board of Health and the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society. When traveling with your dog, carry all paperwork and check with other municipalities for any additional regulations.

Reporting Wild Animals
Under chapter 680 of the laws of 2002 enacted General Municipal Law Section 209-cc, the annual reporting of the ownership of wild animals is required (for example, certain cats, dogs, snakes, and monkeys). Each person owning, possessing, or harboring a wild animal as set forth in section 209-cc must report its presence to the Municipal Clerk's office on or before April 1 of each year.

To report a violation, download the form from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services web site. For more information, call the Town Clerk's office.