Animal Control

Public Safety


Richford Animal Control Officer: Tracy Ovitt
848-3301 Residence
582-9215 Cell


There are several animal control issues that have been identified in the Town of Richford. The most significant are unlicensed dogs, excessive barking, cats and dogs not spayed or neutered, animal abuse/neglect and dogs not leashed. Dog owners shall not permit such animals to be on the premises of any school or of any recreation area, park or within the former village boundaries except if the animal is controlled on a leash.

Dog owners residing in Richford (includes former village and town boundaries) must license all dogs six months and older by April 1st of each year. Proof of a valid rabies vaccination is required when applying for a dog license and the license tag shall be attached to a collar or harness that remains on the dog. Dogs acquired or relocated after April 1st must be licensed within thirty days. The cost for licensing is:


                                           Before April 1st             After April 1st           

 Spayed or Neutered              $9.00                                $11.00

Not Spayed or Neutered         $13.00                             $17.00


Richford residents are reminded that:

  • Complaints related to dogs must be made in writing to the Select Board after contacting the Animal Control Officer.
  • Continued owner irresponsibility can lead to the impoundment of their animal(s).
  • The Richford Animal Control Officer routinely makes residence calls/visits to investigate complaints and licensing matters.
  • Citations are officially permitted for ordinance violations.

As of July 1, 2013, all qualified hobby pet breeders are required to obtain a Pet Dealer permit from their town of residence.  A “Pet Dealer” is any person who sells or exchanges, or who offers to sell or exchange, cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids, or any combination thereof, from three or more litters from cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids in any 12-month period.  Pet Dealers must apply to the municipal clerk of the town or city in which the cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids are kept for a Pet Dealer permit and the annual permit fee is $25.00 payable by April 1st.

The Richford Animal Ordinance and licensing information is posted at the Town Hall and is derived from Title 20 of the State of Vermont Statutes Annotated.

   Animal Control Ordinance    
   Exotic Animal/Pet Control Ordinance
ranklin County Animal Rescue

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