Reminder: Dog licenses are due. They are available at the Town Clerk’s office or by mail.
Mail a copy of the current rabies vaccine certificate along with the appropriate fee in a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Town of West Newbury
Town Clerk’s Office
381 Main Street
West Newbury, MA 01985
Neutered or spayed $15.00 each
Non-Neutered or spayed $25.00 each
Make check out to Town of West Newbury
Fee Increases April 30th
ACO Call Handling Procedures
Reminder: For all animal control calls contact West Newbury Public Safety Dispatch at 978-363-1213. Calls will be prioritized as emergency or non-emergency based. Please see below for examples of emergency and non-energency calls.
Animal Related Emergencies:
An emergency complaint is one that requires immediate action from the Animal Control Officer. Incidents qualifying as an emergency complaint are those in which there is imminent threat to human life or an injury to a domestic animal.
Examples of emergency complaints include:
Domestic animal hit by car and inured
Canine bite, attack or mauling in progress
Potentially rabid animal having contact with human or domestic animal
At large dogs acting vicious or posing a threat to a human or other animals
Large dead animal disrupting traffic flow
PLEASE NOTE: LOOSE DOGS OR DOGS IN CUSTODY ARE NOT AN EMERGENCY. THE ON-CALL ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS THAT WORK NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS CANNOT RESPOND TO LOOSE DOGS OR DOGS IN CUSTODY.
All other complaints are non-emergency complaints. Non-emergency complaints are those that do not pose a threat to life, public safety or danger of serious injury to the public or animals. Non-emergency complaints do not require immediate action from the Animal Control Officer and shall be investigated during normal ACO business hours.
Examples of non-emergency complaints include:
Dead animals on the side of road or in public areas not disrupting traffic
Loose or lost domestic animals
Stray domestic animals
Violations of animal control ordinances which do not pose a threat to public safety
The duties of the Animal Care and Control Officer are to Protect, Rescue, Educate, Enforce, Inspect, and Adoptions. Included are all animals, both domestic and wildlife. Duties are to protect personal property and help prevent zoonotic diseases. The Animal Care and Control officer attends to complaints and investigates those complaints. The Laws enforced are MA General Laws Chapter 140 Sections 136-175, Chapter 129, Chapter 49: and the West Newbury By-Laws, Section VI Animal By-Laws. The Animal Care and Control is an On-Call position. The Position involves close work with the West Newbury Police, Town Clerk, Board of Health, and Board of Selectmen.