Town of Middleton, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Middleton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Health regulations — See Ch. 270.
[Adopted 5-12-1987 ATM by Art. 38]

§ 107-1 Licensing and control.

A. 
All dogs six months old or older must be licensed and tagged. Licensing will be done in the office of the Town Clerk. The owner or keeper of an unlicensed dog after June 1 will be fined $10 per dog in addition to the license fee. After July 1 the fine will be $15 per dog, and after August 1 $25 per dog.
[Amended 11-29-2005 STM by Art. 19]
B. 
All monies collected for licenses and fines will be retained by the Town.
C. 
License fees shall be $10 for all neutered or spayed dogs and $15 for all unneutered or unspayed dogs. Kennel license fees: four dogs, $15; 10 dogs, $35; more than 10 dogs, $75.
[Amended 5-12-1998 ATM by Art. 15]

§ 107-2 Complaints and orders.

A. 
The Animal Control Officer shall attend to all complaints and other matters pertaining to dogs and shall take whatever legal action is authorized by law.
B. 
If the Animal Control Officer determines that a female animal in heat, even when confined, is attracting other animals, thus causing a disturbance or damage to neighboring property or public areas, the Animal Control Officer may require the owner or keeper to keep said animal, while in heat, in a kennel or to remove it from the area so that the nuisance is abated.
C. 
The Animal Control Officer is authorized to require owners or keepers of dogs to restrain their dogs from running at large in schools, school playgrounds, parks or public recreation areas. The Animal Control Officer may also require owners or keepers of dogs to restrain their dogs from running at large when he determines that any such dog is an annoyance, is dangerous, or is known to cause damage in a neighborhood.
D. 
The owner or keeper of a dog, about which the Animal Control Officer has issued an order under the above sections of this bylaw, who wishes to appeal said order, may make such appeal in writing to the Chief of Police within 10 days of the issuance of the order. The Police Chief may settle the case after holding a public hearing overruling the Animal Control Officer by agreement with the appellant, or by instructing the Animal Control Officer to proceed with enforcement procedures as set forth in MGL c. 140, § 173A.
E. 
If the owner or keeper fails to comply with the order of the Animal Control Officer and does not appeal to the Police Chief, the Animal Control Officer shall proceed to enforce the order as provided by law.
[Amended 11-29-2005 STM by Art. 19]

§ 107-3 Other charges and fees.

[Amended 11-29-2005 STM by Art. 19]
Boarding charges, pickup fees for stray and nuisance dogs and other fees shall be established by the Board of Selectmen and filed with the Town Clerk.

§ 107-4 Certain statutes still in effect.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this bylaw, all other provisions of MGL c. 140, §§ 136A through 175 shall still be in effect.