Dog Control Officer
Sheryl Harris

The Dog Control Officer is responsible for enforcing all Village and Town Codes as it pertains to safety, ownership, licensing, and behavior of dogs. In addition, the department conducts a census annually of all dogs for the purposes of enumeration.

Phone: (716) 652-4050
Emergency Phone (Police): 652-1111


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New York State Law requires all dogs over the age of four (4) months to be licensed. You can license your dog at the Town Clerk's Office during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday). A copy of a valid rabies certificate for the dog to be licensed is required at the time of license purchase.

New York State Law and Town Law requires all dogs be properly identified with a valid license tag. You receive this when you license your dog for the first time. If lost, a new tag can be purchased for $3.00 from the Town Clerk.

Please note that there are different codes governing dog control in the Village of East Aurora and the Town of Aurora.

CLICK HERE for more information about licensing your dog.




CLICK HERE for the Affidavit of Complaint About Dogs


Town Code States...

  • No dog shall damage or destroy the property of another person
  • No dog shall attack, bite or make fearful of any person or domestic animal
  • No dog shall continually bark, howl, whine or make any other long noise that shall disturb the comfort or repose of any other person
  • No dog shall have to dwell in a structure or enclosure that is unclean or unsanitary
  • No more than three (3) dogs shall dwell at a residence without a valid kennel permit. For more information on kennel permits please contact the Town Clerk's office at 652-3280.

CLICK HERE to view entire Town Code Section on Dog Control

Village Code States...

  • No dog shall run at large in the Village of East Aurora
  • No dog shall be any place in the Village unless restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six (6) feet
  • No dog shall be permitted to urinate or defecate on public or private property.
  • No more than two (2) dogs shall dwell at a residence without a valid kennel permit. For more information on kennel permits please contact the Village Clerk's Office at 652-6000.

CLICK HERE to view Village Code Section on Animals

A few Notes from the Dog Control Officer

  • Take care of your pets. License them and make sure their tags are on them. Clean up after them. It makes friends and neighbors less likely to become upset with you or your pet.
  • If your dog is a barker do everything in your power to make sure he/she does not disturb the people around you. Barking collars and training classes are available. Start them at a young age.
  • All animal bites must be reported to the Dog Control Officer or the East Aurora Police Department.
  • If your pet gets into a fight with a wild animal, report it immediately. Your safety along with your pet's safety could be at risk.
  • The Village dog census will take place over the spring and summer. We as Dog Control Officers are required to count all the dogs in the Town and Village. All dog enumerators should have a valid Town of Aurora identification card. They will be happy to show this to you at any time.
  • Please remember, Dog Control Officers are here to uphold all laws pertaining to dogs. Please feel free to call with any questions that you might have. If we cannot answer something, we can point you in the right direction.