DOGS DO LOVE THE BEACH...
PLEASE NOTE THAT DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE BEACHES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
JUNE 1 - SEPTEMBER 15 ANNUALLY
DOGS* ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED IN ROCKPORT'S CEMETERIES.
(*with the exception of service dogs; service dogs are allowed at all times)
The Animal Control Officer handles reports of dog bites and animal incidents; please call 978-546-9488 to report any incidents.
The Animal Control Officer is appointed by the Selectmen to enforce state and local laws with respect to dogs. The main duties consist of the following:
- Take complaints about nuisance dogs
- Keep dogs out of prohibited areas
- Make sure that fecal deposits are disposed of properly
- Make sure that dog tags are issued to all dogs residing in Rockport
- Pick-up of offending dogs
- Issue Notice of Violation of By-Law
Any dog found to be in violation of the Town's by-law and not under the immediate control of its owner (or any other person) may be picked up by the Animal Control Officer and either returned to the owner or deposited in a dog pound or similar facility. The owner shall be required to pay (in addition to any applicable fine) a pick-up fee of $20.00 and also shall be responsible for all costs of maintaining and keeping the animal at the dog pound or similar facility.
A CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO TOWN
CLERK WHEN REGISTERING DOGS.
ALL DOGS MUST BE LICENSED; IT'S THE LAW.