Animal Control

Jana McMillan
Animal Control Officer

Love Them? Then Leash Them, License Them or Lose Them!

The Reason

Most victims of animal bites (mainly by dogs) are children. Bites should be considered serious and seeking medical treatment is always recommended due to infection and possible rabies transmission. Rabies is a viral disease that can affect any mammal, including humans. Skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats commonly carry rabies. When the disease builds up in the wild animal population, domestic animals, such as dogs, cats, ferrets, cows, and horses become at risk of contacting it. When humans are exposed to rabies, either from a bite of a wild animal or from an infected domestic animal, the disease is fatal if prompt action isn’t taken.

The responsibility for vaccination, licensing, proper restraint and animal birth control belongs to the individual pet owner. When control of animals becomes a problem it is the responsibility of our town government to protect the public health through an effective animal control program.

 

Animal Waste

Feces and urine deposited by dogs and cats are clearly a problem, particularly in areas of concentrated populations. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up this waste to control an annoying and potentially dangerous form of pollution.

Diseases can be transmitted to humans through dog and cat waste, including toxiplasmosis, visceral larvae migrans, and leptospirosis. Children are more likely to contract these diseases because they play in areas where this waste has been left and then put their fingers in their mouths.

 

The Rules

Vaccination

Vaccination against rabies is required (RSA 436:100) for dogs, cats and ferrets. Rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian at the age of three (3) months. Revaccination is yearly or every third year. Consult your veterinarian. Save the certificate!

Licensing

Licensing of all dogs over four (4) months of age is required each year by April 30th (RSA 466:1). To obtain a license the owner must present a current rabies certification from a licensed veterinarian and pay the required fee:

1 Dog spayed/neutered$6.50
1 Dog non-spayed/non-neutered$9.00
1 Dog owned by Senior Citizen$6.50
5 Dogs or more$20.00

Licenses can be purchased at the Town Hall. You may download an application by clicking here.

License Tags

Tags, which are required to be worn by all dogs, indicate that the dog is licensed and has been vaccinated. In addition, tags identify the dog’s owner in case the pet becomes lost, injured, impounded, or bites a human or other animal. If tag is lost, replacements are only 50 cents.

Restraint

All dogs must be kept under restraint at all times.

It is a violation of Town Ordinance 188-1 and RSA 466:31 II(a), for a dog to be unrestrained, and can result in impoundment of the dog and fines to the owner.

Reporting Bites

In the event any animal bites or scratches any person such facts should be reported immediately to the Animal Control Officer or to the Police Department if Animal Control is not on duty, within 24 hours at (603) 886-6011.

Quarantine

The owner of a biting animal not vaccinated in accordance with RSA 436:100 shall surrender the animal to Animal Control or a Police Officer (in some cases to his/her veterinarian) for a ten (10) day observation period. The owner is responsible for any and all costs involved in boarding. A home confinement may be possible, but only if the animal is vaccinated and with approval of the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer. A general Health Certificate is required at the end of the quarantine/home confinement to be given by a licensed veterinarian and kept on file at the Police Department.

For a list of other laws (RSA’s) enforced by Animal Control and/or the Hudson Police Department, please contact Jana McMillan, Animal Control Officer, at (603) 886-6011 and ask for voice mail to leave your request.

NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS

NHRSA 466:31 II

NUISANCE, MENACE, AND VICIOUS

OFFENSES

a. If a dog is "at large," which means it is off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the control of any person by means of personal presence and attention as will reasonably control the conduct of such dog, unless accompanied by the owner or custodian. This subparagraph shall not include a dog which is being used for hunting, herding, supervised competition, or exhibition or training for such activities if accompanied by the owner or custodian, meaning that the owner or custodian must be able to see or hear the dog, or have reasonable knowledge of where the dog is hunting or herding, or where training is being conducted or where trials are being held, provided that such dog does not have to be within sight at all time;

b. If it barks for sustained periods of time (more than a half hour), or during the night hours so as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood area;

c. If it digs, scratches, excretes, or causes waste or garbage to be scattered on property other than its owners;

d. If any female dog in season (heat) is permitted to run at large or be off the premises of the owner or keeper during this period except when being exercised on a leash by a responsible adult. At all other times such dog shall be confined within a building or enclosure in such a manner that she will not come in contact (except for intentional breeding purposes) with a male dog. A female in heat shall not be used for hunting;

e. If it growls, snaps at, runs after, or chases any person or persons;

f. If it runs after or chases bicycles, motor vehicles, motorcycles, or any other vehicle being driven, pulled or pushed on the streets, highways, or public ways;

g. If whether alone or in a pack with other dogs, it bites, attacks, or preys on game animals, domestic animals, fowl, or human beings;

PENALTIES

See RSA SECTION 466:31-a

Town OffenseFine
For Nuisance offenses: (a), (b), (c) or (d) $ 25.00Second Offense $100.00
For Menace offenses: (e) or (f) $ 50.00Second Offense: $200.00
For Vicious offenses: (g) $100.00Second Offense: $400.00