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


Per New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services, everyone who owns, possesses or harbors certain wild animals must report the location of the animal to his or her municipal clerk on or before April 1 of each year. The clerk forwards the report to all police agencies and emergency responders having jurisdiction, in case of a call to that location. Follow this link for the list of animals that must be reported: General Municipal Law Section 209-cc

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.