Dog and Wildlife FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions – Dogs


Animal Control Officers prioritize calls that involve an immediate threat to humans, or for injured animals as follows:

  • Dogs and cats actively attacking humans.
  • Domestic animals are sick or injured and in immediate need of assistance.
  • Wildlife animals injured and in distress.
  • Pet was bit by a wild animal.
  • Police, Fire, Postal, or Animal Control officers requesting assistance.

Non-emergency situations may include dogs running loose, barking dogs, animals that are dead and stray animals that have been restrained by residents.

Many times, calling 911 or the police non-emergency lines for situations that require immediate response can get assistance to the scene more quickly. Our officers do not have the ability to respond with lights and sirens, and must obey all traffic laws and speed limits in their travels.

Please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 for after-hours emergencies.

NY State Law requires every dog over four months of age to be licensed annually by the local municipality in which they reside.  The Town of Perinton issues dog licenses for residents in the Town of Perinton and the Village of Fairport, in accordance with Chapter 78 of the Town Code.  Once a dog is licensed, the Town Clerk’s Office will mail renewal notices each year. Visit the Town Clerk’s page to download an application or submit a renewal online.

Yes, please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115. If you can take possession of the dog and keep it in one place that will help the Animal Control Officer. All dogs are checked for tags and license numbers in an effort to reunite the animal with its owner. If the owner cannot be located, the dog is transported to Lollypop Farm for a microchip scan. If a dog is placed into shelter, the dog can be released to the owner once proof of license is provided to the Town Clerk’s Office. If the dog is not licensed, the owner must obtain a license before the dog can be released to the owner.   

Please call Animal Control at (585) 223-5115, or (585) 425-7380 for after-hours. We will need to gather information from both dog owners and make a report.

Any suspected animal abuse or neglect should immediately be reported to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester at (585) 223-1330.

Please contact your vet first, and then Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115. We will need to locate the wild animal.

Please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 for after-hours, so we can take a report. If wounds are severe please call 911 and seek medical help.

Please be neighborly and ask them politely to reprimand their dog and bring them inside. If the issue continues to occur please contact Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 during normal business hours.

Please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 during normal business hours to report uncontrolled dogs off leash.

Immediately call 911. Animals that are left unattended in vehicles during hot weather over 75 degrees require immediate assistance by law enforcement.

Frequently Asked Questions – Wildlife


Animal Control Officers prioritize calls that involve an immediate threat to humans, or for injured animals as follows:

  • Dogs and cats actively attacking humans.
  • Domestic animals are sick or injured and in immediate need of assistance.
  • Wildlife animals injured and in distress.
  • Pet was bit by a wild animal.
  • Police, Fire, Postal, or Animal Control officers requesting assistance.

Non-emergency situations may include dogs running loose, barking dogs, animals that are dead and stray animals that have been restrained by residents.

Many times, calling 911 or the police non-emergency lines for situations that require immediate response can get assistance to the scene more quickly. Our officers do not have the ability to respond with lights and sirens, and must obey all traffic laws and speed limits in their travels.

Please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 for after-hours emergencies.

Animal Services is not authorized to enter your home or garage to remove wildlife. Call a wildlife trapper if you find wildlife nesting in your attic or other areas of your house. Please visit the Department of Environmental Conservation for a list of Wildlife Control Operators, which are businesses/individuals who are permitted to deal with certain nuisance wild animals for a fee.

Call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 during after-hours if you find a sick or injured animal. Animal Control will be able to assist in the safe capture of the animal and assess what further help is needed.

Please give the animal space, keep pets and kids inside. Call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 during after-hours and an officer will be dispatched to assist with capturing the animal.

“If you care, leave it there.” Please do not assume all baby animals that are found alone need your assistance. Many wildlife such as deer and rabbits will leave their young alone for long periods during the day while they go off to forage for food. For example, fawns will often stay in garden beds or under trees for up to 48 hours while the mother is off feeding.

Fox and coyote will often feed during the day to provide for their young. They are attracted to areas where their prey exist, often around homes and backyards. Please supervise your kids and pets outdoors. If the animal seems to act aggressive or is not fearful of you or your pet please go inside and call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 or (585) 425-7380 for after-hours

“If you care, leave it there.” Often the mother leaves the nest to go feed for the young. She will return. Do not disturb the bunnies or the nest.

Animal control will only handle sick/injured wildlife. Animal control does have a limited number of traps to lend out. Please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 during normal business hours to inquire about borrowing a trap.

If you find a paper nest in a tree or other places, please call a pest control company for the removal, as these are most likely wasps or hornets. If you see a swarm that look like a beehive but you only see bees connected together making the hive shape, please call Perinton Animal Control at (585) 223-5115 and we will determine if they are honeybees and refer you to a local beekeeper for removal.

Please watch out for turtles as they are more active in the spring and summer when laying eggs. Please do not try to pick up or touch snapping turtles, it is best to leave them alone. Please remember to be respectful of all wildlife, especially when most species have babies to take care of.

Yes, ticks are on the rise in our area. They can carry many diseases that can be harmful to pets and humans. Please consider visiting the CDC webpage for more information about tick prevention and control and how you can create an environmental barrier on your property, www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.

The best way to reduce wildlife, is to not feed them. It is illegal to feed wildlife in New York State. Bird feeders attract small rodents and birds, which then attract the predators of those species. Feeding wildlife is also dangerous to the animals – it can make them lose their natural fear of humans and may cause problems for them in the future.

Do not feed pets outside. This will attract unwanted wildlife to the area and may cause conflicts between pets and wildlife.

Please also do not leave garbage on the ground or in open containers. Make sure all dumpsters are closed and locked when not in use. This will deter wildlife from entering them and making a mess or having a conflict with you or your pets.

Yes, please contact the Town of Perinton Highway Departent at (585) 223-5115. 

Please remember to use caution when driving at night. Automobile-related accidents are one of the main reasons for animal injuries and death.


Contact Animal Control


Email: Animal Control
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Steve Pringle

Animal Control Officer

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm 
Phone: (585) 223-5115 / Fax: (585) 223-0448
After Hours Contact: (585) 425-7380