Animal Control enforces all Town ordinances pertaining to dogs running at large, acts as an interface with other agencies dealing with cats, birds and animals, works with authorities to obtain emergency veterinary assistance for injured dogs and cats, enforces Article #7 of Agriculture and Market Laws. Works closely with county health regarding all animal bites and broken skin, scratches as a precaution for rabies. Under existing Agricultural and market law Animal control officers must be at least peace officers to enforce article #26 cruelty to animals law. Seizure of cats also falls under article #26. At present time Clifton Park animal control does not have peace officers status.
Any complaints involving cruelty or seizure of cats should be directed to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (518) 798-3500 or your Sheriff or State Police. Certain circumstances allow us to handle possible rabid animals such as opossum, skunk, raccoons, foxes, etc. If you have such questions about nuisance wildlife please call. If we are unable to help, we can direct you as to who you may call for help. All found dogs and cats are housed at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. The phone number is (518) 885-4113.
County Shelter - (518) 885-4113 Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
VET OFFICES: Check with the vets in your area in case someone brought your pet in for treatment.
ANIMAL EMERGENCY: Check with Animal Emergency Care Centers
Animal Emergency Clinic of Capital District (518) 785-1094
Northway Animal Emergency Clinic (518) 761 2602
ANIMAL SHELTERS: You can call them to let them know that you have lost your pet. Give them as much information as possible regarding your pet – physical description, male/female, fixed/unfixed, collar/no collar. Owners are strongly encouraged to stay in close, frequent touch with all area shelters and any other lost and found resources they are using. Checking every 2—3 days is acceptable.
Saratoga County Animal Shelter (518) 885-4113
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (518) 434-8128
Animal Protection Foundation (518) 374-3944.
ANIMAL CONTROL: Clifton Park (518) 371-6756, Halfmoon (518) 348-0196, Malta (518) 422-7914
CHECK: Local newspaper ads and Craigslist (multiple times) against lost and found reports.
FLIERS: Fliers with good photos, in addition to the description and multiple contacts, are the very best tool for matching lost and found pets. Place flyers around your neighborhood and with local veterinarians, emergency clinics and pet groomers/sitters. Use brightly colored paper to stand out.
ASK: Your neighbors and your mail carrier if they have seen your pet.
IF: You have recently moved, check your old neighborhood.
WHEN: You find your pet, notify everyone they can stop looking. Take down your flyers.
COLLAR/TAGS: Collars/tags are a wonderful way to help ensure that your pet is returned to you if they do go astray. However, collars/tags can be lost so don’t assume that your pet still has them on. Keep current phone number on a name tag. Make sure that Rabies and License tags trace correctly to your current address and phone number. Call your vet to make sure this information is correct in their records. Microchips are also excellent tools…..but again, if a scanner is broken or unavailable, you can’t rely solely on the chip to ensure that the pet is identified. Make sure the CHIP company has your current information.
There have been sightings of coyotes in certain areas of the town and currently are more common due to the lack of availability of prey. Please consider keeping your cats indoors and do not leave your dogs outside unattended. If you wish to report that a wild animal is wandering near humans and you believe it may be diseased or rabid, contact State Police at 518-583-7000 or the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761 immediately. Police will respond to the incident and will contact the town’s Animal Control Office, which is on call 24 hours a day.
For more information on wild animals, you can call the Department of Environmental Conservation at 518-623‐1200 or 518-897‐1326 and ask for a wildlife specialist. As always, town residents are encouraged to contact my office at 518-371‐6651 with questions.