Keeping Domestic Animals

110-5 110-2, 110-3 and 110-4 ZO III

All dogs, cats and ferrets over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed. Four dogs are allowed in a household provided ALL are spayed/neutered. If there are more than three dogs in a household and ANY remain reproductively intact a kennel license is required. If more than three animals and ANY remain reproductively whole, a kennellicense is required. 

Ticket: $50 - $150 Dogs can be impounded

Enforcement: City Clerk 787-6094

Animal Control: 781-1484

Housing Code Enforcement, 311

Rules of the Road (Horse, Pony, Mule)

Article VIII-C

A permit is required to ride a horse, pony, or mule on any public property, public or private way, street, sidewalk, or alleyway in the City.

Ticket: $300

Enforcement: Police Department: 787-6300

Animal Control: 781-1484

Restraining Dogs / Cats


All Animals, with the exception of sterilized cats, shall be kept under restraint when in public.

Restraint shall mean a leash, lead, or other physical restraint. Dogs must be on a leash not more than six feet long, except in cases where the dog is confined in a fenced-in area or pen or when the dog is in a dog park.

$50 fine first offense, $100 fine second offense, $300 fine third and subsequent offense

Additional $100 fine for reproductively intact animals at large. If a reproductively whole dog or cat is found to be at large on three occasions the Animal shall be surgically sterilized and microchipped before being returned to the Owner.

Enforcement: Police Department, 413-787-6300, Animal Control, 413-781-1484

Nuisance Animals


Every owner or keeper of an animal shall exercise proper care and control of their animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.  Further, persons who feed or care for wild animals, including feral cats, shall not cause such animals to become a public nuisance. Animal nuisance behaviors include, but are not limited to barking, whining, howling, or other noises natural to such animal’s species in an excessive, continuous, or untimely fashion, where such noise is plainly audible at a distance of one hundred (100) feet from the building, premises, or vehicle housing said dog. Additional nuisance behaviors include, but are not limited to: Molesting or attacking persons, animals or vehicles without provocation; Repeated trespassing on public or private property, including school grounds; Repeatedly being found at large, outside of confinement or off restraint; Causing offensive odors through accumulated waste or other reason that is detectable from the public way, any right of way, or adjoining properties. An animal found to be a public nuisance may be impounded by an Animal Control Officer.

Enforcement: Animal Control, 413-787-1484

$50 fine first offense, $100 fine second offense, $300 fine third and subsequent offense

Removing Dog Wastes


The Owner or person in possession of any Animal shall be responsible for the removal of any fecal matter deposited by such Animal(s) on public walks, recreation areas or private property.

Enforcement: Police Department, 413-787-6300, Animal Control, 413-781-1484

$50 fine first offense, $100 fine second offense, $300 fine third and subsequent offense

Nuisance or Dangerous Dogs


A dangerous dog is one that when unprovoked: inflicts a bite or injury on a human or domestic animal; chases or approaches a person upon any public way in an apparent attitude of attack; or has a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack. To consider declaring a dog vicious or a nuisance, a hearing before a special hearing committee shall be held. Request a hearing in writing to the Police Department or Animal control.

Humane Care


Owners shall provide each of their animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter, protection from the weather; veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and otherwise humane care and treatment. No person shall tether a dog for more than five (5) out of every twenty-four (24) hours and outside from 10 PM to 6 AM, unless the tethering is for not more than 15 minutes and the dog is not left unattended by the owner, guardian or keeper. No dog under the age of six (6) months shall be tethered outside for any length of time. No person shall keep or place an animal in a location that would cause an unreasonable risk of injury or death to the Animal or subject them to “cruel conditions” which shall include, but not be limited to, the following-leaving an Animal unattended in a stationary or parked vehicle; filthy and dirty confinement conditions; extreme weather, including but not limited to extreme heat, cold, wind, snow or hail which pose an adverse risk to the health and safety of the dog based on the dog’s breed, age or physical condition, and times when a weather advisory, warning or watch is issued by a local, state or federal authority; taunting, prodding, hitting, harassing, threatening or otherwise harming a tethered or confined dog.

Enforcement: Police Department, 413-787-6300, Animal Control, 413-781-1484

$50 fine first offense, $100 fine second offense, $300 fine third and subsequent offense and dog may be subject to impoundment.

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