The fee for every license shall be set by the Town Clerk in accordance with MGL c. 40, § 22F. The fee for a license for any dog that has been neutered or spayed and for which a certificate from a registered veterinarian has been presented to the Town Clerk shall be set at no more than 1/2 of the fee set by the Town Clerk in accordance with this section. The appropriate license fee, proof of rabies vaccination and neutering/spaying certificate, if any, must be presented to the Town Clerk at the time of application for a license, and, in addition, a stamped, self-addressed envelope must accompany an application for a license by mail.
In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 137, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of six months shall annually obtain a license for the dog from the licensing authority, the Office of the Town Clerk, who shall issue dog licenses and tags.
In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 138, any person who during any license period becomes the owner or keeper of a dog which is duly licensed in the town or city where it is to be kept shall forthwith give notice, in writing, to the Town Clerk that he has become such owner or keeper. The Town Clerk shall change the record of such license to show the name and address of the new owner or keeper.
In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 138, any person bringing or causing to be brought from another town, state or country any dog which is six months old or over or will be six months old before the expiration of 30 days shall register the dog with the Town of Hadley within 30 days of the dog's arrival.
In addition to the requisite license fees, a penalty of $20 shall be imposed upon all owners/guardians or keepers of dogs failing to renew licenses before June 1 of each year. This penalty shall take effect on June 1 of each year.
No license fee shall be charged for a license issued under MGL c. 140, § 139, for a service animal as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and MGL c. 272, § 98a.
Application shall be made for a license as provided in this bylaw, and license tags issued by the Office of the Town Clerk must be worn by any such service dog.
Editor's Note: See 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
No license fee or portion thereof shall be refunded because of subsequent death, loss, spaying, neutering, removal from the Town of Hadley, or other disposal of the dog for which the license has been issued, nor shall any fee for a license issued to a new resident be prorated.
All fees collected shall be turned over to the Treasurer and deposited into the Town treasury in accordance with Town bylaw.
Issuance: In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 137A, before a kennel license can be issued, the kennel must be inspected by an Animal Control Officer to ensure that it is being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner and that all records are up to date. Upon completion of inspection, the kennel license will be approved or denied.
Inspections: In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 137C, an Animal Control Officer or police officer may inspect, or cause to be inspected, any licensed kennel. If, in the judgment of the Animal Control Officer or police officer, the kennel is not being maintained in a sanitary or humane manner, or if records are not being properly kept as required by law, the inspecting authority shall, by order, revoke or suspend the license for the kennel.
Renewal: A kennel license shall be renewed annually upon completion of an annual inspection and payment of the appropriate fee, provided that the license holder has not been in violation of this bylaw or Massachusetts General Laws pertaining to dogs in the past 12 months as determined by the Animal Control Officer.