Dog Officer / Animal Inspector

Mission Statement:

The Dog Officer enforces the Dog Control By-Laws, promotes public safety, provides public information, and safeguards animal welfare.

Dog Officer duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Picking up loose dogs;
  • Issuing citations for owners who violate the Dog Control By-Laws;
  • Appearing in court against those who fail to pay their citations;
  • Holding unclaimed dogs for a mandatory ten (10) days at the impound kennel in Warwick;
  • Placing unclaimed dogs for adoption at the end of the 10 day hold;
  • Obtaining necessary veterinary care for dogs in custody;
  • Assisting dog owners with issues and concerns regarding the care of their companion animals; Providing referrals to those seeking to surrender a dog;
  • Offering information on a wide variety of pet care issues;
  • Conducting Nuisance Dog hearings before the Selectboard

While the normal working hours are 8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday, NO weekends or holidays, voicemail is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for people to leave messages regarding missing or found dogs, reports of dog bites or any barking/nuisance complaints, adoption inquiries, and requests for information. The Dog Officer wishes to be available to handle concerns even when not on-duty in Orange.

If you need immediate assistance outside normal working hours, please contact the Orange Police at 544-2128. 

Currently there is no Dog Officer for the Town.

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