Animal Control

Animal Control responds to all animal complaints (domestic or wild), which includes the humane removal of all animals.  Additionally, the department enforces the Town of Ashfield animal control bylaw. as well as ensuring that dog owners have proper and up to date licenses for their dogs. 

State law requires all dogs in the Commonwealth over six months of age to be licensed annually. The 2018 calendar year licensing deadline is April 30th. State law requires a higher license fee for dogs that are not spayed or neutered (intact). In Ashfield, the fee is $5.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10 for an intact dog. In order to obtain the discounted rate, veterinarian's verification that dogs have been neutered or spayed is required. Proof of current rabies is also required for all dogs. Failure to license a dog by April 20th will result in penalties. 

Residents can order and pay for a dog license online, by mail, or in person. For more details on how to "apply for" or "renew a" dog licence as well as payment options refer to the Town Clerk's page.