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Town of Shaftsbury, VT
PO Box 409
61 Buck Hill Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

Contact Numbers:

Phone: (802) 442-4038
Fax: (802) 442-0955
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Home Town Government: Town Officials Animal Control Officer & Poundkeeper

Animal Control Officer & Poundkeeper

Kelly Coonradt
802-379-4941 (1 yr - exp: April)

Kelly Coonradt
802-379-4941 (1 yr - exp: April)

Related Links

Shaftsbury Dog Ordinance
Search Dog Tag Database
Register Your Dog

The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is responsible for enforcing the Shaftsbury Dog Ordinance and Vermont State dog licensing laws. The dog ordinance covers a wide range of nuisance dog violations and defines steps that can be taken to enforce the ordinance. It is the responsibility of dog owners to make themselves familiar with the Dog Ordinance and take necessary measures to care for and control their pets.

Dogs picked up that are in violation of the Dog Ordinance will normally be held in the poundkeepers facility. Dogs that remain unclaimed after five days are assessed for suitability as pets and those judged suitable are placed into an adoption program run by the ACO. If, as sometimes happens, the dog requires the care of a veterinarian, the owner is responsible for any expenses incurred.

Rabies is a very serious disease. Consequently, enforcement of vaccination and licensing of town dogs has become one of the most important aspects of the ACO's duties. The ACO is also an appointed Deputy Health Officer, solely for the purpose of handling animal bite cases. Our town dog ordinance has been updated to make it possible to enforce licensing (which requires a current rabies vaccination) through the use of fines of up to $150. These can be issued to owners not responding to previous warnings received through letters and/or phone calls.

Area animal contact numbers
  • Arlington Animal Control 375-6121
  • Bennington Animal Control 442-1048
  • Second Chance Animal Center (Animal Humane Agent) 375-2898
  • Shaftsbury Animal Control 375-6121

The dog ordinance requires a dog to be securely held by a leash no longer than 10 feet except under carefully prescribed circumstances. The ordinance also prohibits harboring of dogs that habitually bark or make other noises sufficient to disturb the peace.

Town of Shaftsbury, VT

PO Box 409
61 Buck Hill Road 05262
Phone: (802) 442-4038
Fax: (802) 442-0955
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