Animal Control

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The duties of the animal control officer is to enforce town ordinances regulating the ownership of animals and to respond to incidents in which animals are involved.  The animal control officer is dedicated to finding homes for lost dogs and cats and also cares for these animals 7 days a week.

If for any reason you need to reach our animal control officer, please contact (603) 890-2390.  This number reaches the department's dispatch center and our animal control officer will be dispatched from there.

All dogs 4 months or older must be licensed in NH.  You will need to bring in proof of a rabies inoculation and proof of spaying or neutering if the dog is altered.  All dog licenses expire on April 30th.  You will need to renew your dog's license annually by this date or penalties and fines will be issued per State law.  There is a one month grace period before the penalty begins.  The penalty is $1.00 per month beginning in June.  There may also be a $25.00 civil forfeiture fine issued which will be due 15 days after receipt of the fine.

The cost to license a dog is $9.00 for a male or female, $6.50 for a spayed or neutered dog and $2.00 for the first dog belonging to a senior citizen over 65 years of age.  If a puppy is too young to be altered the $6.50 fee will apply for the first dog license.  Dog licenses are not pro-rated.

Dog license renewal notices will be sent to the address on the license on file.  Dogs may be licensed by mail.  Please notify the Town Clerk's office if you no longer have your dog or have moved from Salem.


Adoption inquires are handled through the Salem Animal Rescue League, located at 4 Sarl Dr, Salem, NH 03079.  Please contact them at (603) 890-2166 for more information.

General questions regarding animals can also be found at NH Fish & Game website.

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