Animal Control

The primary function of the Animal Control Officer (ACO) is to enforce both the New York State Agriculture and Markets Laws regarding dog licensing and dangerous dogs and Town of Halfmoon Ordinances relating to animals, as well as bite case investigations and quarantine management.  However, these are not the entirety of an Animal Control Officer’s responsibilities. The Office also acts as a clearinghouse for information regarding lost and found pets in our community and this information is shared with other local animal agencies. Additionally Animal Control acts as a resource for residents looking for information regarding wildlife; as a community educator about bite prevention and canine body language and as adjunct investigating authority with police agencies in cases of animal abuse and neglect. 


Officer Abramson has been the Town of Halfmoon Animal Control Officer since March of 2001. She received formal training at the State University of New York at Delhi’s former Animal Control Officer and Shelter Manager’s Academy and was previously a New York State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for 8 years. Officer Abramson also attended the Center for Disaster Preparedness in Aniston, Alabama and has taken several courses on Investigating Animal Cruelty and Neglect.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Beth A. Abramson Animal Control Officer (518) 348-0196
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