Animal Control: A Lot of Loose Dogs
Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:28pm Heraldgroton
In the months of November and December combined, Animal Control had a total of 44 calls:
Loose Domestic Animals
• 27 of these were for loose dogs. While we do not have a “leash law” as such, we have a bylaw stating that dogs must be under physical control of the owner while off of their property. (That’s a lot of loose dogs.)
• There were 3 loose goats.
Wild Ones Sighted
1 black bear sighting (they will soon be in hibernation, looking now for food). Bird seed might be just what they need. Watch your feeders, they are.
2 bobcat sightings
4 domestic turkeys (with attitude)
1 well-being check for a horse
1 injured goose
1 raccoon deceased, possibly from distemper
W2 possums in chicken coops
ith the start of a new year,
we are reminded that it’s time to license our dogs between January 1 and February 28.This can be done on-line ( Town of Groton ), or at the Town Clerk’s office at Groton Town Hall. You will need proof of current rabies immunization. The fees are as follow:
Spayed or neutered dog - $10 Un-altered dog - $15
Dogs belonging to senior citizens - free. (Yay!)
Late licensing fees from March 1
to May 31 - $10
Late fee After June 1 or later - $15 Replacement tags - $3 each
Total of livestock after annual inspection:
Alpacas: 16 Cattle (beef): 98
Chickens: 382 (a very conservative number)
Partridges in pear trees: 0, (most likely due to loss of habitat)
Groton’s Deer-kill Officer Wayne Tuttle reports 22 deer killed by motor vehicles in 2019. There were numerous others struck but not retrieved. The number of fatal deer-strikes in Groton was down slightly from last year. Mass. Fish and Wildlife law states that the driver or a passenger in a vehicle that kills a deer may claim the deer but must first report it to Mass. Environmental Police within 24 hours, 1-800-632-8075.
Groton Animal Control wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year.
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