Animal Control

Animal Control

There’s a person in our community who works to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals. This person also helps the public deal with problems caused by animals.

 Animal care and control professionals now perform a variety of services that help animals as well as people: rescuing injured animals, controlling stray and potentially dangerous animals roaming at large. We also work with the social services, and the law enforcement to protect all members of the family, both two-legged and four-legged.

Help Provide for Your Pet’s Safety

Keep a collar and ID tags on your pet when outside and ensure that your pet is supervised or safely confined when you are not home. Spay or neuter your pet and keep him or her current on all necessary vaccinations, especially the vaccination for rabies.

Vaccination against rabies is required (RSA 436:100) for dogs, cats and ferrets. Rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian at the age of three (3) months. Revaccination is yearly of every third year. Save the Certificate!

Licensing
Licensing of all dogs over four (4) months of age is required each year by April 30 (RSA 466:1). To obtain a license the owner must present a current rabies certificate from a licensed veterinarian and pay the required fee.
$6.50— spayed/neutered (must show proof)
$9.00— not spayed/neutered$20.00-5 or more dogs
$2.00-1 dog owned by senior citizen
Licenses can be purchased at the Town Hall.

A quick call to the town hall (895-4735) will keep us up to date on your pet’s status. We get notified of unregistered dogs, and most of them have moved on, so help us to keep up to date on the correct status of your pet.
Tags, which are required to be worn by all dogs, indicate that the dog is licensed and has been vaccinated. In addition, tags identify the dog’s owner incase the pet becomes lost, injured, impounded, or bites a human or another animal.

Restraint
All dogs must be kept under restraint at all times. “Restraint” is defined as under the direct control of the owner or responsible person by leash or confined in a secured fenced area on the owner’s property.
It is a violation of RSA 466:31 (a), for a dog to be unrestrained, and can result in impoundment of the dog and fines issued to the owner.

Reporting Bites
In the event any animal bites or scratches any person such facts should be reported immediately to the Animal Control Officer or to the Police Department if Animal Control is not available, within 24 hours of the incident at (603) 895-4747