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There are some town ordinances and state statutes that you should be aware of as a dog owner. We have listed them here for your convenience. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them...
- State Statute 53-247
- This statute says that you as a pet owner or keeper must provide food, water and shelter for your pet. The animal must have shelter from the elements when left out of doors. This rule also covers animals being left in vehicles. Please do not take your pet where it will have to wait for you in your vehicle. This is a DEFINITE health risk for an animal. Violations carry a mandatory court appearance
- State Statute 22-363
- It is a violation for any dog to bark to excess OR to create a disturbance OR by such barking become an annoyance to any sick person residing in the area. This circumstance could arise and become a problem if dogs are left out of doors when the owners are not at home to control them. A violate of this statute carries a $75 fine for the first offence and a mandatory court appearance for each subsequent offense.
- State Statute 22-364(a)
- It is a violation for any dog to roam at large on any town property or the property of another. A violation carries a $92 fine.
- Town Ordinance 10-8
- It is a violation for your pet to defecate on the property of another or any town property unless the owner or keeper cleans up the feces. A violation carries a fine up to $100.
- GUIDE DOGS - State Statute 22-345
- Any blind, deaf or mibility impaired person who is owner or keeper of a dog trained to guide and assist shall receive a license and tag for such dog, and no fee shall be charged. Also, dogs between 6 months and 1 year of age, placed for training as guide dogs, shall also receive a license and tag at no fee, provided satisfactory evidence is presented that the dog was placed by an organization which supplies such guide dogs.
- LICENSE BY NEW OWNERS - State Statute 22-339
- Anyone who becomes owner or keeper of an unlicensed dog aged six months old or older must license the dog within 30 days of acquisition. If the new owner presents satisfactory evidence that the dog was obtained from a licensed kennel or animal welfare organization, or was imported into the state within thirty days, no penalties for late licensing shall be charged. Any person becoming owner of an already-licensed dog may present the license and tag to the town clerk of the town in which they reside and, for a fee of $1.00, shall receive a new license and tag in their name. The town clerk must retain the old license and tag.
- Failing to rabies vaccinate your dog: All dogs and cats 12 weeks or older must be vaccinated against rabies. The pet owner must have written documentation from a licensed veterinarian or be subjected to a $136 fine.
- LICENSING WHEN OWNER MOVES - State Statute 22-352
- If a dog owner moves their residence to another town, they must present the license and tag to the town clerk of their new town who, for a fee of .50 cents, issues a new license and tag. The town clerk must retain the old license and tag.
- REPLACEMENT OF LOST TAG - State Statute 22-341(a)
- Replacements for lost tags may be issued by the town clerk for a fee of .50 cents.
- TEMPORARY LICENSES - State Statute 22-339a(b)
- Any person acquiring an unlicensed dog from a dog pound shall be issued a temporary license which shall expire thirty days after issuance. Prior to expiration of the license, such person must apply for a license for the remainder of the license year.
- KENNEL - State Statute 22-342
- Any owner or keeper of a kennel may apply to the town clerk of the town where the kennel is located for a kennel license. A kennel is defined as dogs kept for sport, sale or show. The license must specify the name and number of the kennel, the owner's name and the keeper's name.
Any owner or keeper of a kennel may apply to the town clerk of the town where the kennel is located for a kennel license. A kennel is defined as dogs kept for sport, sale or show. The license must specify the name and number of the kennel, the owner's name and the keeper's name.
Please call the Animal Control officer at 860-645-5516 with questions about any of the above statues, ordinances, and corresponding fines.