York county dog license

York county dog license

York county dog license

New York's dog license is a state law that requires dog owners in New York state to pay a dog license fee of $8.00 for dogs over 6 months of age. The license must be obtained before a dog is registered to a household and is valid for two years.


The law dates back to the early 1900s when rabies was a major problem in New York City. At the time, all dogs were required to be registered and licensed with the Health Department. However, to obtain a dog license, the dog owner needed to go to the local Animal Shelter to receive a license. The shelter personnel would stamp a paper in the dog's mouth. If the dog was not registered with the city, the animal shelter could refuse to register the dog.

At the time of the license, the fees charged by the city were minimal: $1.00 to register the dog and $0.50 for each license. In fact, at the time the fee was not charged for any dog that was less than 6 months of age. However, many dog owners refused to pay the $1.00 because the city's cost to license each dog was prohibitive. Many of these dog owners left the city without their pets.

The fee was increased to $8.00 in 1938 to help support the costs of the local Animal Shelter. Additionally, the fee was increased from one license per dog to a two-year license and the license became the sole means of registering the dog in the city.

During this period, the law has changed many times and the fee structure has changed many times as well.

The fee was raised in 1990 from $6.00 to $8.00 to provide additional funding to local Animal Shelters to care for the increasing number of unwanted dogs in the city. The fee was further increased in 1992 to $10.00.

From 1998 to 2004, the law was codified as Chapter 2 of Title 11 and included additional language that prohibited the use of a collar to verify a dog's age.

During this period, the fee was again increased from $10.00 to $13.00 to compensate for additional cost associated with licensing each dog. Additionally, in 2001, the fee for a two-year license was decreased from $15.00 to $10.00 to further reduce the cost of owning a dog.

As of 2006, the city charges $0.50 per year for each dog, and requires at least a two-year license for dogs that are not less than 12 months of age.

A number of people who live in the city, including owners of dogs and people who do not own dogs, expressed the view that the fee structure is an unwarranted burden on many people in the community. The city has decided that, based on these comments, the increase in the fee for each dog to $13.00 in 2006 was sufficient to account for increased services and overhead costs associated with providing a license for each dog in the city.

On March 27, 2007, the Mayor of Pittsburgh approved a change to the law that permits the city to collect a fee of $15.00 from dog owners who fail to provide proof of rabies vaccination. Previously, that fee was $25.00.

In 2006, the fee was $0.50 per year for each dog. This fee does not apply to dogs that are two months or older, or dogs in a group animal shelter that meet certain criteria. In 2011, the fee increased to $1.00 per year per dog.

Pittsburgh does not tax dogs that are over the age of two months.

In 2006, the city started requiring spay or neuter dogs for the first time. Previously, only the age of the dog was required.

In 2014, dogs over the age of 6 months were required to be vaccinated.

In 2016, the age limit was increased to 7 months.

In 2017, the age limit was increased to 9 months.

In 2019, the city changed the age limit to 12 months. Dogs older than 12 months may no longer enter city parks and other city recreational areas. Dogs over 12 months must be licensed in order to obtain the license plate. The plate may only be issued to the owner of the dog.

In 2019, due to complaints of dog attacks and bites, the city expanded the licensing of dogs over the age of 12 months to include identification tags and proof of rabies vaccination. They must be licensed even if they live in a group animal shelter.


Dogs kept in pens are much easier to control than those in the wild. Keeping a large number of dogs in a pen is more expensive than it is to keep them in small numbers in a large enclosure, such as a fenced backyard.

As of 2019, it is illegal to keep a dog in a pen of less than 25 square feet (2.3 m²) that is not enclosed on all sides. Pen size can be verified by inspecting the dogs themselves, the floor, and the top of the pen. In 2018, it was also illegal to keep a dog in a pen of less than 7 square feet (0.6 m²).

In 2019, it was illegal to keep dogs in pens of less than 1,400 square feet (135 m²).


According to the city's records, the first dogs were introduced to Santa Clara by a man named Francisco de Abreu, in 1693, but there is no record of the number of animals brought to Santa Clara.

In 1694, the city received a request to import dogs from Germany, and in 1740 it received a request from China.

The number of dogs in Santa Clara increased substantially in the 19th century, but by 1870, the City Council began to ban the use of dog kennels in housing, and dogs were required to be kept in separate, sanitary housing or outside. A large number of men were also employed to walk the streets, keeping dogs off the streets.

In the 20th century, there were two major controversies surrounding the city's dog ordinance. In 1936, a new law was passed that prohibited the keeping of more than two dogs, without an exception for show dogs. The ordinance also banned the feeding of dogs at public parks. In 1950, another ordinance, which was not as comprehensive as the 1936 ordinance, was passed and became law. This second ordinance prohibited the keeping of all dogs within the city limits. The ordinance did not address the question of where dogs should live.

In 2005, San Jose residents approved an initiative to ban the feeding of dogs at public parks.


There are various laws that apply to the city's canine population.

Public feeding of dogs

In 1936, the City Council enacted an ordinance which prohibited the public feeding of dogs. The Council enacted the ordinance to curb the increasing numbers of dogs who congregated at downtown San Jose. According to City Council documents, the number of dogs in San Jose was increasing at an alarming rate, and city residents were becoming increasingly concerned with the effect that the increased numbers of dogs had on the downtown area. On April 17, 1936, City Council members passed Ordinance #1478, which prohibited the feeding of dogs on public streets and parks. This law was passed on the recommendation of the City Dog Control Division of the San Jose Municipal Dog Kennel and Dog Hospital.

Despite the City Council ordinance, some San Jose residents continued to feed their dogs in public. A City ordinance was also enacted in 1950, to deal with the public feeding of dogs. This ordinance made it an illegal activity to feed dogs in public, regardless of whether they were in public property or