Tonawanda Animal Control is responsible for:

  • Answering to all dog complaints and animal bites.
  • Enforcing laws for all Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda dog ordinances and Article #7 of the Agricultural and Markets Law
  • Conducting a dog census each year

Dog Licensing, Leash and Pooper Scooper Laws
It is unlawful for a dog to be unleashed off of the owner's premises in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore. This includes all parks and recreation areas. The fine for this offense ranges from $25 to $250.

All dogs four months or older are required to be licensed. The fine for an unlicensed dog is $25. Persons harboring an unlicensed dog will be subject to arrest and fine upon conviction. Dog licenses can be obtained at the Town of Tonawanda clerk's office, which is located at 2919 Delaware Avenue. For further information, please call (716) 877-8800.

It shall be the duty of every dog owner or person having possession, custody or control of a dog to remove any feces left by said dog on any public property owned by the Town of Tonawanda and deposit it in a container lawfully used for the disposal of refuse.

Keep your pet's vaccinations up to date. All dogs and cats are required by the New York State Public Health Law to be vaccinated for rabies.

Rabies and Wild Animals 
Rabies is found in warm-blooded animals, frequently in raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats. All warm-blooded animal bites are considered for possible exposure to the rabies virus. For this reason, it has been mandated by the New York State Public Health Law that every animal bite be reported to the local health department. A bite by any animal should be thoroughly cleansed with soap and water as soon as possible, and medical attention should be sought immediately. The biting animal must be captured if it is a stray cat, dog or wild animal. 

If your pet fights with a known or suspected rabid animal, the rabies virus in that animal's saliva may remain alive on the pet's skin or in its mouth for up to three hours. If it is necessary to handle the pet during this period, wear gloves. Wash the pet with soap and water. Call the Erie County Health Department at (716) 874-1070.

Dog License Application 
Download a copy of the pdf Dog License Application (73 KB)  here.

Renew online HERE (link to

*A late fee of $5.00 will be assessed if you renew your dog’s license after the last day of the month that it is due *An additional $2.00 late fee will be assessed for each month after the first delinquent month, until it is paid in full for the current year.  Example: License renewal is due November 30, 2017 and is paid February 13, 2018  – The late fee that is assessed is $9.00, broken down as follows:  $5.00 (December) + $2.00 (January) + $2.00 (February) = $9.00

Please remember to contact the Town Clerk’s office at 877-8800 to update your dog’s file if you move, if your dog dies, or if you relinquish your dog to someone else.


West Seneca Animal Impound (Mon- Fri 7am to 3pm) 823-2988

$50 first day, $20 thereafter (subject to change)

Must have Rabies Certificate and License to obtain your dog. If not, West Seneca will do rabies and license the dog for West Seneca to be charged to owner upon release as well as the impound fees.

Do not go to West Seneca before calling! Owner should leave a message on the answering machine and await callback; the building does not have personnel sitting at location. The officers are out picking up other animals throughout the day. They check the voicemail periodically.