James Griffiths can be reached at all hours either by email or phone. Please leave a message and he will try to answer and resolve any and all situations as quickly as possible. You can call him with questions or concern and complaints.
He handles domestic dogs and cats.
He also has contacts and other resources in regards to other incidents such as wildlife situations. Although he can not handle wildlife but will direct you to the correct contact.
Remember to License your dogs and make sure your cats and dogs are up to date on all their shots. Make sure you protect your pets from tics and check them routinely especially if you have them out for long periods of time. If your dog is a barker, be courteous to your neighbors and don't leave them out for long periods of time if they continuously bark.
Sometimes calls are the responsibility of the DEC (dogs running deer, suspected rabid raccoons or ground hogs)or the County Health Department (dead birds, cat bites and dog bites)
For Your Information:
Rabies law was passed effective November 20, 2002 which states: All dogs, cats (including barn cats)and ferrets must have rabies shots by 4 months of age. If you feed a stray/feral animal on your property you own it in the eyes of the State Health Department. That means you are responsible for it's immunization and can be liable for all fines/damages if it bites someone or is confined for rabies. Please do not feed feral animals or, if you do- immunize them. Spring Farm Cares will aid you should you choose to care for these animals.
Do not feed deer. Deer are being infested by a wasting disease transmitted in deer feed.
License your dogs. If your dog strays or gets out of the house and is lost it will be taken to the Stevens Swan Humane Society where you must redeem it for a price only after you have gone to the Town Clerk's Office and licensed it. Inside dogs get loose and account for more calls/captures than strays. Save yourself the aggravation and tag your dogs: rabies, license and phone number. You will not regret it.
All of the above laws are associated with fines if you are not in compliance- some of them are sizeable. Marcy's Leash Law states that your dog(s) must be tied, leashed, on a run, fenced or in your direct control on your property. "In your direct control" means that they respond immediately to your voice command and you are outdoors with them.