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Town Clerk Reminder: Annual Town Meeting, Annual Town Election, Dog Registration

posted Apr 14, 2014, 6:57 AM by Christopher McClure   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 6:57 AM ]
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Please call the Town Clerk’s Office with any questions and for more information regarding the ATM and ATE. Assistant Town Clerk Brenda McCann and I welcome you to stop by the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall with any questions or for information. 

Thanks to all residents who registered their dogs before April 1. 

Under Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Ch. 40, §137 and Chapter 62 of the Town Bylaws, it is required that all dogs six months or older, owned or kept in the Town of Hopkinton must be licensed by April 1 each year. Licensing of all dogs requires a rabies certificate showing that the owner’s dog(s) have received their rabies shot. After April 1, there is a late fee of $25 (per dog); although, as your Town Clerk, I am offering amnesty to residents through the month of April. This reprieve is effective until April 30. After that date, the late fee is $25 per dog. On May 1 we will report to the Animal Control Officer a list of dogs with current rabies who are not licensed. The Animal Control Officer will be able to issue citations to those owners whose dogs are still unlicensed. The delinquent owners will then be responsible for the license fee, late fee and any citations.

As always, the Town Clerk’s Office is committed to excellent customer service and upholding the values of open government by providing access to the Town’s public records.

Your Town Clerk,

Geri Holland