Dog Officer

The Dog Officer is appointed and supervised by the Board of Selectmen.

Mission Statement

  • Enforce dog related bylaws, including the leash law and the registration and licensing bylaws.
  • Investigate complaints, follow up on unlicensed dogs; determine violations of dog-related bylaws; maintain a log of complaints; issue bylaw tickets; attend dog hearings, as required.
  • Pick up and transport stray and unleashed dogs; feed and shelter dogs; attempt to locate owners and bring complaints against owners of dogs not licensed. Destroy or cause to be destroyed, dogs that are maimed, injured or diseased.

Avoid the late fee  ----  March 31st is the last day to register your dog and avoid the $15.00 per dog late fee . The license fee is $5 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $10 for a male or female. Dog owners may register by mail.The registration request must be accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope. Please provide proof of current rabies vaccination unless already on file at the Town Clerk's office

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Don Thornton Dog Officer (413) 834-1034