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SOFT PAWS: Find dog control officers, services during ‘Pause’

Meet Bailey, a 5-year-old Dutch shepherd who loves to run! She wants to be the queen of the household as she doesn’t get along with other animals… but she loves her people! Bailey’s favorite pastime–aside from hanging out with CGHS Adoption Counselor Alexa Caunitz–is playing with tennis balls for hours. Photo contributed.

 AS SPRING BLOSSOMS BEAUTIFULLY, not all of our or our neighbors’ pooches understand what “stay in place” means! Below, you’ll find valuable contact information for dog control officers in each municipality across the two counties we serve. If you have a lost dog or have spotted one, these are the folks to call. A reminder that cases of abandonment, neglect, abuse or cruelty are not under the jurisdiction or authority of dog control officers, and must be reported to law enforcement authorities.

A special note: It is with deep regret that we must send our best wishes to one of our finest dog control officers in Columbia County, Wes Powell, who laid down his official leash and duties at the end of March. The animal savvy, expertise, and caring that he exhibited during his many years of tenure as a DCO for multiple municipalities was unparalleled and appreciated beyond measure. There are so many people who can never be replaced… and Wes, you are one of them! Thank you!

Below the list you’ll find some new information pertinent to our ongoing services at the shelter during the current restrictions.

Columbia County

Ancram: Richard Prentice, 518-398-7121

Austerlitz: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367

Canaan: Lynne Torello, 518-794-0406

Chatham: Darrell Dutcher, C 518-917-3330, H 518-794-0432

Claverack: Reg Conklin, 518-755-3152, (Village of Philmont: PD at 518-672-4000)

Clermont: Desiree Weber, 321-863-3875

Copake: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367

Gallatin: Jim Reilly, 845-756-4136

Germantown: Anthony Cidras, 518-821-9197

Ghent: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367

Greenport: Jennifer Pinkowski, 518-567-7668

Hillsdale: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367

Hudson: James Delaney Jr, 518-567-6951

Kinderhook: Diane Ryan, 518-275-9983

Livingston: Martin Palumbo, 518-929-7891

New Lebanon: Maggie Banker, 518-365-9872

Stockport: James Delaney Jr, 518-567-6951

Stuyvesant: Diane Ryan, 518-275-9983

Taghkanic: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367

Greene County

Ashland: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155

Athens: Sherry Vieta, 518-322-9783

Cairo: Brian Feml, 518-947-1157

Catskill: Sherry Vieta, 518-291-0705

Coxsackie: Sherry Vieta, 518-322-9783

Durham: John Van Tassel, 518-947-0963

Greenville: Sherry Vieta, 518-322-9783

Hunter: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155

Jewett: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155

Lexington: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155

New Baltimore: Joe Tanner, 518-703-4746

Prattsville: Jeremy Marsh, 518-299-3375

Windham: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155

Dutchess/Rensselaer counties

Nassau: Paul Martel, 518-810-2400

Rhinebeck: Roger Newkirk, 845-876-2465

Based on Governor Cuomo’s extended stay in place policy and continued business regulations, CGHS/SPCA’s lobby will continue to be closed to the public. We are making every effort to continue to offer vital shelter services while ensuring a safe environment for staff and visitors. To meet the essential needs of our community, we will continue to offer some services and adoptions in a limited capacity. Our Food Bank will continue to be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are quarantined and need food for your pet, please call 518-828-6044 X 100 or 108, or email

We are maintaining adoption services. Potential adopters can view animals on our website at and fill out an online application to be pre-approved for adoption. Interaction with pets is limited to ensure the safety of staff and the potential adopters.

Call for up-to-date grooming information at 518-828-6044 X 103.

Since so many of our clients are medical professionals and rely on our boarding and daycare services to care for their dogs, we will continue to offer these services by appointment only. If you have any questions, please call or text 518-610-3232, or email

For up-to-date information on any of our clinics call us at 518-828-6044 X 100. Donations of pet food and supplies can be left at the front door. If you need a receipt call or text Ron Perez at 518-828-6044 X100 or email

If you have any general questions call Ron Perez, President/CEO 518-828-6044 X 100, or email

To contact Charlene Marchand, chairperson of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors email

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