by Ellen Cronin
Beware of dog notices.
Littleton residents who didn't get around to licensing their dogs by the April 30 deadline could find themselves having to shell out $25 fines in addition to having to come up with license fees.
For months, town officials have been publicizing plans to strictly enforce the licensing requirements. Licensing dogs is the method officials have to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies, which has become a problem locally.
Now, officials are planning to add bite to their bark. A list of people who didn't renew licenses is expected to be submitted to the select board today.
In turn, the select board "will issue a warrant authorizing local officials to issue a civil forfeiture for each unlicensed dog," stated a news release from the police department.
The warrant, once issued, allows officials to go after the pet owners for the civil fines and to make sure those owners follow through by getting their dogs licensed.