Monroe, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: Hello, What are the laws in NYS regarding finding a dog and potentially keeping?

A stray dog made its way onto my property. Very friendly, no collar or tags. I have posted publicly on Facebook and have walked around with the dog to see if anyone knows him.

How long is it before a dog is considered abandoned if im also making reasonable efforts to locate the owner?

What are my obligations legally and what do I need to be aware of?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You should contact a local vet or the local humane society or animal shelter to scan for a microchip and to report that you found it. If there is no microchip there is a waiting period before you can legally adopt if you want to. Considering the current crisis the animal shelter would probably welcome you fostering until the time runs out for the owner to claim the dog.

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