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.  The Animal Control Officer is also responsible to make sure that the regulations governing the use of the Halfmoon Scentral Bark Dog Park are followed by park goers.  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 and responsible pet ownership; 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.


Since 2001 Officer Abramson has been the Town of Halfmoon Animal Control Officer. 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.  Officer Abramson also attended the Center for Disaster Preparedness in Aniston, Alabama and has taken several courses on Investigating Animal Cruelty and Neglect (including equine). She is currently co-chairman of the Saratoga County Animal Response Team (SCART) - a group which functions (when activated) during natural and man-made disasters which impact upon animals and which seeks to educate the public about emergency planning for pets.

Staff Contacts

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