MAYVILLE – A man posing as a dog warden for the Town of Pomfret has been trying force homeowners in both Pomfret and the Town of Portland to surrender their pets to him under fake confiscation or impounding government orders.

The man is white and believed to be in his mid-30s, and has been driving a brown sedan, Chautauqua County sheriff’s officials said. He so far has been unsuccessful in convincing residents to turn over their dogs, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s dispatchers at (716) 753-4232 or Sgt. Peter Pett at (716) 753-4498.