Dog Officer & Pound Keeper
Dog Officer Hours:
Landline: 802 765 4054
Cell: 508 245 3746
If the Dog Officer is unable to answer, please leave a
voice message with Name, Phone Number, and
Purpose of the Call, or send along an email with the
About the Dog Officer:
Melissa MacDonald is a recent arrival to South Strafford and has been leasing a home on Turnpike Rd. since the fall of 2019. She is a physical theatre artist and cultural researcher, slowly chipping away at a Masters in Cultural Studies at Dartmouth while forming her longer-term plans to establish a community-owned bar. She owns a handsome handful of a dog named Clyde: a rescued English Shepherd from Kentucky with fearful aggression behaviors. She is an empathetic and responsible resource for South Strafford residents to call on when in need of assistance with lost and stray pets, and dog-ordinance related issues.
Click here to view a copy of the Dog Ordinance, effective March 2, 2020
Dog License Information - All dogs or wolf-hybrids six months of age and older must be licensed annually on or before the first day of April. Before obtaining a license, a copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate must be presented to the Town Clerk. A dog or wolf-hybrid over three months of age must be vaccinated; the initial vaccination is valid for 12 months. Within 9 to 12 months of initial vaccination, the animal must receive a booster vaccination. All subsequent vaccinations following the initial vaccination will be valid for 36 months. License fees are $9.00 for a neutered male or spayed female, and $13.00 for an unspayed female or unneutered male dog. Dog licenses issued after April 1st will be subject to a $20 late fee. Dogs obtained after April 1st shall be licensed within 30 days. One dollar of the collected fee is turned over to the State of Vermont for rabies control. Proof of spaying or neutering, signed by a veterinarian, must be exhibited to the Town Clerk at the time of licensing. Dogs should wear tags at all times, because if the dog is lost, it is more likely to be returned. If you should find or lose a dog, report it to the Town Clerk at 765-4411.
Thank you for your consideration.
VERMONT RABIES HOTLINE
Hours: 8:00-4:30 Daily
If you concerned that an animal may be rabid, you should call the Game Warden if it is after hours.
Hot Line (1 800 472 2437 or 1 800 4-rabies) website:, use A to Z guide, "R"
Rabies exposure CAN happen year round. Rabies is still considered essentially 100% non-survivable.
Make sure any animal you have contact with (dogs, cats, ferrets, horses,- remember the cow in Old Yeller?)- is vaccinated appropriately.
Vaccination is pretty close to, but Not 100% effective so an exposure to a vaccinated animal (think dog bite) still has to be evaluated as a possible exposure and the biting animal MUST be reported and will probably be isolated for 10 days. It is up to the Town Health Officer to decide if the owner can (and will) manage the confinement. Also, if a vaccinated pet is exposed, there are quarantine/confinement requirements for that pet, though not as lengthy as for an unvaccinated animal.
Rabies spreads by exposure to the saliva, brain or nervous tissue of an infected animal. The virus can gain access through any break in the skin or through mucous membranes. Avoid any animal behaving suspiciously. Make sure young children understand that a wild animal which does not run away is not trying to be friendly!!
Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement
802-241-3727 and 802-241-3716
Wardens enforce fish and wildlife, boat, snowmobile, ATV, and general criminal laws. Wardens can be reached by calling the nearest State Police dispatcher. A toll-free number is available for citizens who wish to report fish and wildlife violations. This "Operation Game Thief" number is 1-800-752-5378.
Warden State Police Phone Home Phone Residence
Jeff Whipple 802-234-9933 802-685-7813 Chelsea