Animal Control Officer: Thomas Morris
(607) 522-5580 (Residence)
(315) 694-6077 (Cellular)
(315) 536-4438 (non-emergency Sheriff's Dispatch)
NOTICE: Please call 911 for emergencies and 315-536-4438 for the Yates County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center for other less emergent situations.
Assistant Animal Control Officer: Richard Lafler 315-536-9439
Animal Shelter: located at Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527
The Dog/Animal Control Officer (ACO) position continues to be very demanding at times picking up approx. 500 dogs a year and responding to over 400 complaints annually. Being called to complaints days, nights and weekends is common.
The county dog pound building and crematorium are located at the HSYC. The ACO operates a Sheriff’s pick-up truck and is equipped with a police radio for contact with county dispatchers.
The ACO, is supervised both operationally and in budget administration by the Sheriff. The ACO’s spouse continues to assist the ACO in all areas, especially with the public, records and clerical. The CO regularly assists townships and others including Deputy Sheriffs, Penn Yan Police, NY State Police, NY Environmental Conservation Police, county Public Health, Highway departments, Humane Society of Yates County and surrounding county and town agencies.
ACO also assists in the investigation of cruelty cases and animal related incidents, including those involving horses, cows, sheep, cats, raccoon, skunks & snakes. The ACO maintains various traps, cages, and specialized equipment for humanely handling dangerous or uncooperative animals.
The Eastview Veterinary Clinic continues to be of great assistance. The pound is regularly inspected by the NYS Agriculture and Markets Department and found to meet standards. It was an ACO goal for 2004 that the Sheriff, County and the HSYC can have an understanding for the society to accept appropriate dogs from the county kennel to theirs for adoption. This program is successful and means less euthanasia and is a positive for the community.