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(A) Annual dog licensing fee. No person shall own or keep a dog, six months of age or older, within the town unless an annual license for such dog is obtained from the Town Clerk. The fee for such a license shall be $10 for each dog. The licensing period shall be from January 1 through December 31. The license fee for each dog owned or kept by persons aged 60 or older shall be $5. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to veterinary establishments that are subject to kennel licensing. Pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 140, § 139(C), no licensing fee shall be charged for a service animal.
(B) Rabies vaccination. No dog shall be licensed unless a valid rabies vaccination certificate is presented to the Town Clerk at the time of licensing. All dogs shall be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 140, § 145B.
(C) Additional requirements. No dog six months of age or older shall be licensed unless there is presented to the Town Clerk at the time of licensing either:
(1) Proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered;
(2) A statement signed by a veterinarian stating a reason why spaying or neutering has been delayed;
(3) A statement signed by the owner or keeper of the dog that a decision has been made not to spay or neuter the dog; or
(4) A statement signed by a veterinarian or the animal control officer that the animal appears to have been spayed or neutered in the past.
(D) Breeder's license. An annual breeder’s license shall be obtained for any dog with respect to which a statement is presented that a decision has been made not to spay or neuter. The fee for such a breeder's license shall be $25 for each dog, and such fee shall be in addition to the fee imposed pursuant to § 91.03(A) of this chapter.
(E) Number of licensed dogs. Not more than three dogs over six months of age shall be kept in a household. Any variance to this number of licensed animals must first be approved by the Board of Health.
(F) License tags. Every dog shall display a dog license on its collar. The dog owner and/or keeper shall present the dog license tag when request is made by the animal control officer, animal control agent, or police officer. Dogs not displaying dog licenses are subject to impoundment until licensure is attained.
(Ord. O-2017-2, passed 1-24-2017; Am. Ord. O-2018-79, passed 9-25-2018)