The main function of the Animal Control officer is to maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the citizens of our City. The Animal Control officer enforces city code pertaining to pets and pet ownership.
If you have a wild animal on your property, do not approach it! Wild animals are dangerous and may carry rabies. For safe removal of wild animals please call Animal Control.
For City of Amsterdam residents who own pets such as cats or dogs, there are several things you should know about prohibited acts for yourselves and your pets.
As per the City Code of Amsterdam, any person violating any provision of this article may, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $250, imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Said penalties are in addition to any pound fee required for such actions.
In NY State, Animal Abuse is considered a Felony, if you suspect or witness a case of Animal Abuse, please contact Animal Control or for immediate assistance contact the Amsterdam Police Department. For emergencies, Dial 911.