Animal Control

Running at Large

No person will allow their dog to run at large at any time, day or night.


All dogs in the City of Middletown, whether or not licensed shall be restrained by a leash while off owner's property.


No person shall permit their dog to bark or howl at any time, night or day for a period in excess of 15 minutes.

Removal of Feces

Any person owning or in charge of any dog which defecates on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk or upon a private property without the permission of the owner of said property shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog, in a sanitary manner.


Effective January 1, 2011, the State of New York will relinquish the responsibility of dog licensing function to all local municipalities and as a result New York State Agriculture and Markets will no longer issue dog license renewals. The City Clerk's Office will be issuing new City of Middletown dog tags to replace your current Agriculture and Markets dog tags and mailing renewal notices.

The following are the new License Fees starting January 1, 2011:

  • Unspayed/unneutered dog: $23 per year (included $3 surcharge)
  • Spayed/neutered dog: $11 per year (included state $1 surcharge)
  • Puppies under four months $11
  • Starting April 3, 2012: Past Due Dog Licensing Fees

In the event any person applying for a dog license has failed to pay for or renew a dog license for all or part of any prior year, such person must pay to the City all licensing fees that would have been due and payable in such prior years along with the licensing fees due and payable for the current year for which such person is applying for a dog license.

City Parks

No dogs shall be permitted in any parks owned by the City of Middletown except in areas specifically designated for such use by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

There is one designated dog park at present at Maple Hill Park on County Route 78.

Number of Dogs

No more than 4 dogs over the age of 4 months may be harbored or permitted to remain in any dwelling or lot in the City of Middletown.

Number of Cats

No more than 5 cats over the age of 4 months may be harbored or permitted to remain in any dwelling or lot in the City of Middletown.