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No, there is no leash law per se. We do have a by-law which mandates the owner to be in control of the animal at all times. If the animal is not within sight of their owner, they are not in control. Various open space recreation properties in Dover have different rules regarding dog walking so please check the rules for specific properties that are available on this website.
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Only dogs need licenses in Dover. Dog licenses are issued annually by the Town Clerk’s office. New dogs should be licensed as soon as they arrive in Dover. Proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination is required for the license.
Call the Dover Police Department at 508- 785-1130 and they will contact the Animal Control Office, if necessary.
Call the Dover Police Department 508-785-1130 and they will notify the Animal Control Officer or the Highway Department, as appropriate.
Dover does not have a by-law regarding noisy animals. We hope that neighbors will work together to address any problems associated with pets or farm animals. If problems persist, please contact the Dover Police Department at 508-785-1130.
The Dover Board of Health Animal Inspector is responsible for the inspection of barns, livestock, and waterfowl. An inspection is done annually to assess the conditions under which animals are being kept, if they appear free of contagious disease, and to check the status of disease testing and inoculation.