Town of Canton seeks replacement after animal control officer announces retirement
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 9:29 am

North Country This Week

CANTON – The town of Canton is seeking contract proposals for a new dog control officer to take over for longtime animal control officer Jim Pipher, who announced earlier this year that he would retire at the close of 2019.

The dog control officer enforces ordinances concerning dog control including provisions of the state ag and market law.

Details of the position can be seen on the town website at

Among the duties of the officer are to patrol the town to search for stray, sick, injured or dead animals and provide services as needed, and to remove dangerous or stray animals. The officer would also investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases.

The officer needs to be at least 21 with a high school diploma.

Proposals should include professional experience listings, proposed cost of service and three letters of recommendation.

The deadline to submit proposals to the town clerk is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

Proposals are also being accepted by the town for dog pound professional services. Dog pound services are currently supplied by Dan Moyer of Gouverneur at his facility there. He boards dogs brought in by the dog control officer and state police at a rate of $15 a day for the town.

The request for proposals for dog pound services can be viewed online at

The service would work with the dog control officer and the state, accept stray dogs for boarding and humane care, and would provide humane euthanizing services.

Deadline for submitting a proposal for the dog pound professional services is also Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Town Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley at [email protected].