I am available to all town residents by calling the Office of
the Acushnet Animal Control Officer at 508-998-9040.
For emergencies, please call the Acushnet Police Department at 508-998-0240.
Rebekah Tomlinson, Animal Control Officer Dog Officer/Inspector of Animals
ANIMALS SUCH AS DOGS, CATS & FERRETS MUST BE UP TO DATE ON RABIES VACCINATIONS
PER MASS. GENERAL LAWS.**
| Spayed Female
Dogs & Neutered Male Dogs
$9 per year
Female & Male Dogs
$12 per year
| Fine for
Failure to License
$25 - 1st offense, $50 - 2nd offense
$20 per year
$50 per year
|Over 15 Dogs
$100 per year
for Picked Up Strays
$25 per day
*Dog Licensing Period: January 1st through December 31st.
*Grace Period for Licensing your dog/dogs is March 31st.
Announcements from the Animal Control Officer
-- The Red Fox
Here is some information on the pesky red fox that keeps surfacing on everyone's
Do not feed foxes or any animals outside, if you have domestic animals, do not
leave food down after they are done eating.
When they have a constant food source, they will show less fear of humans. This
could pose some problems (bites, scratches or encounters with your domestic
pets) This is why it is a state law that all domestic animals are up to date
with rabies shots. Check with your veterinarian for the status of your animals
Do eliminate shelter that could be attractive to foxes or their prey:
construction debris, brush piles, wood piles are habitat for foxes, chipmunks,
rabbits and woodchucks. Clean the areas of your yard to make it look park-like,
Do use negative reinforcement: don't hesitate to scare and threaten any fox you
encounter in and around your yard. Loud noises, bright lights will want these
foxes to avoid your yard.
Spread the word to your neighbors to do likewise.
Do not be afraid if you see a fox or any other wild animal out during the day,
it does not mean they have rabies. It is common to see them at dusk or dawn or
sometimes in the middle of the day sun bathing. Remember this is the time of
year most wild animals have their babies, they are teaching them social skills,
how to hunt and take care of themselves.
Please do not leave small children outside unattended, if they come across a den
of fox or think the kits (baby fox) are a puppy or small cat your children could
get scratched or bitten. Then they would have to get a series of rabies shots
and the first one is directly into the wound, ouch!!!!! Teach your children now
to respect wild animals. We can all live together. After all they were here long
before all of the development in towns and cities. We keep cutting down their
Homes, so their
is no alternative but for them to come into our back yards to look for food and
Foxes are omnivorous which means they eat small rodents, squirrels, rabbits,
birds, eggs, insects, vegetation, fruit and carrion.
If you are feeding the birds in your back yards, you are inviting wild animals
to come and feast as well.
You can contact your local florist, there are natural products out there that
are environmentally safe, for your lawn, children and your domestic animals
but ward off wild animals.
So when you see any wild baby animals do not handle them, their mom is out
getting their food and will return. Once your scent is on the animal the mother
may reject them and they may die. Remember the chance of survival is much
greater when they are being looked after by their mom.
Do not be alarmed when you see wild animals out during the day as long as they
are not showing signs of aggression: foaming at the mouth, attacking the air or
walking disoriented. Some may be over friendly and not appear to be afraid by
your presence, make loud noises, throw objects in their direction but never
corner a wild animal. If you should come across a wild animal in your garage
because you left it open the night before, leave it alone when things are quiet,
it will leave. After it has left your garage, close the door.
Be sure to clean your grill after cook outs, the smell is quite enticing to
these animals. Do not throw out bread for the birds, you will be inviting
unwanted guests for dinner.
If any one is having problems with wild animals, and you would like to learn
more about them, I have literature, which I can make available to you, just call
my office @ 508-998-9040.
DO'S & DON'TS OF SUMMER
For low cost spay/neuter programs please call my office @ 508-998-9040.
Do keep plenty of fresh water out for all of your
Do have adequate shelter for your animals to get out of
Never put a kennel on black top. The temperature is
drastically hotter than if it were on cement.
Put a tarp over your dog's kennel for added shade, try to
place kennel in shaded area.
Do not travel with your animal on hot summer days and
leave them in the car. They will become dehydrated and possibly get heat
Make sure all domestic animals are up to date on rabies
License your dogs and adhere the license to their collar
along with their rabies tags in case they get loose or hit by a motor
Tag your cats with an I.D. collar in case they get lost.
Please be considerate of your neighbors and bring a bag
with you when you walk your dog and pick up after him.
If you think your animals is suffering from heat stroke
place cool towels on him and call your vet immediately.
Have a safe summer!!!!
If you go for long walks, bring water for your dog and try to walk early in the
morning or early evening instead of mid day when it is the hottest.
informed that the Town of Acushnet has recently set up an Animal Gift Fund for
the purpose of aiding the animals of Acushnet. If you would like to make a
donation to this fund, you may do so by either check, cash or money order. If
you are donating by check or money order, please make sure that the check or
money order is made payable to the Town of Acushnet - Animal Gift Fund and mail
to: Acushnet Town Hall, ATTN: Animal Control Officer, 122 Main Street, Acushnet,
MA 02743. If you wish to donate cash, you may do so by coming into the Town
Hall, Town Collector's office and please make sure to mention that this is for
the Acushnet Animal Gift Fund.
The Animals of Acushnet would like to thank you in advance for your