Per Massachusetts General Law, the Town of Rutland requires that each dog six months and older be licensed by March 31st annually. A new fee structure is in effect beginning in 2015.. The fee for spayed or neutered dogs remains at $10.00 per dog and the fee for intact dogs is now $15.00. A late fee of $ 25.00 per dog will be assessed beginning April 1st. Please note that this is also a change from prior years.
A current rabies certificate which provides information regarding the dog, name, age, breed, color, sex, and date of rabies vaccination expiration is required to obtain a license. Proof of spaying or neutering is required in order for the $10.00 fee to apply.
Kennel licenses have also been restructured according to Rutland's Animal Control Bylaw and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140 sections 136A -174E. All kennels, both personal and commercial, require a yearly inspection by the Animal Control Officer before the Town Clerk may issue licenses. Personal kennels are defined as a pack or collection of more than 4 dogs on a single premise.
Residents may visit the Town Clerk's office to license their dogs or use the mail-in aplication form available on this website. A self addressed stamped envelope is required for mail-in applications. The application form is also mailed with the annual census.
NEW FEE SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JAN. 2015
Spayed or Neutered Dogs $ 10.00
Intact Dogs $ 15.00
Commercial Boarding Kennel $ 100.00
Breeder Kennel (up to 9 dogs) $ 25.00
Breeder Kennel (10 or more dogs) $ 50.00
Personal/Hobby Kennel ( 5 to 9 dogs) $ 25.00
Personal/Hobby Kennel (10 or more dogs) $ 50.00
Following an inspection, all dogs in a kennel will be licensed at the individual rate.