Ipswich Animal Control
Information about Animal Control
Antczak, Animal Control Officer
Dog Owners, PLEASE........
It has been brought to my attention that
some folks who own dogs and live close to kids playgrounds are
NOT always picking up after their pets. It is necessary and
important to remove your dog's waste from these areas. How can I
help you get a dog park if people are leaving their pet's waste
Our kids, who play there, could possibly
become very sick from the bacteria that the waste is loaded
with! Please, to all those folks who walk their dogs not only in
playground areas, but anywhere, please pick after your
dog. If I catch you, I will write you a $50 fine.
To all those who are responsible and do
pick up, would you all be willing to carry an extra bag to give
to someone who may not have one? You may also give me names and
addresses, anonymously, so that I can speak to those folks who
aren't willing to pick up. Thank you.
Matt Antczak 978-356-6652...or
Reminder for Dog Owners
There are new laws in effect this year
pertaining to your dog. One of the biggest is getting your dog
licensed before March 31, 2013. The fine for unlicensed dogs has
gone up from $25 per day to $50 per day. Yes! That is per
day also known as per offense for each day your dog is
unlicensed. The State says it is an individual offense, so those
fines will add up and none of us need that type of headache for
a $12 license fee. So please remember to do it!!!!
Due to the latest dognapping incidents in
Topsfield and Essex, I am asking folks to be more cautious with
their pets. Do not let them run off leash and I would strongly
advise getting your dog MICRO-CHIPPED. Both these incidents
involved golden retrievers; however, any dog can be taken,
especially the younger, intact, full breed. If you see anything,
call the Police Dept immediately.
Remember - Your dog’s license should
be attached to the collar of your dog, this helps us Identify
your dog quicker. But, say they take the collar off, well this
is why I recommend getting all pets micro-chipped. Remember that
the chip alone doesn’t do anything, you must register the chip
with the company’s database in order to make a quick and easy
Thank you and keep our pets safe!!
Matt Antczak Animal control
Attention New Residents
I have received complaints about new
residents coming into town and not following the dog laws.
So to help keep the peace in all of our neighborhoods, I would
like to remind ALL dog owners of our laws pertaining to our fury
Dog License: All dogs must be licensed;
$25.00/Day fine for violation.
Leash law: All dogs must be on a
leash when on public property; $25.00 fine for violation.
Barking dog: A person's right to
peace and quiet; $25.00 for violation (no time limit on
Poop Scoop: Clean up after your
dog, you must have a means of removal (plastic bag), and
you cannot put it into anyone's but your own trash.... I am very
strict in enforcing this law!! $50.00 fine for
Keep your dog in your Yard:
Loose dog Pick-Up Fee is $50.00.
No Dogs on the Beach (summer
months): $25.00 fine for violation.
If you have any questions please
contact my office at 978-356-6652. Thanks. Matt Antczak Ipswich
Animal Control Officer.
"Baby Harp Seal"
Many people have called me about this
youngster hanging out at Clark beach. As always and as a
precautionary measure, I forwarded this picture to the New
England Aquarium and asked for them to come up and make double
sure that it is O.K.. It is!!! Just a baby born a little early
in the season hanging out in a safe harbor, and if people looked
out with binoculars, they would see the mother and others
hanging out at the pindle rocks off Plum Island.
Ipswich and Topsfield are "Lucky
Towns". I'm not saying that the other towns around us aren't, by
any means. It's just that I am fortunate enough to work with our
Police Department and had assisted Topsfield the other day on an
unfortunate situation. Ipswich Dispatch had received a call
Wednesday afternoon from a motorist who ran out of gas on Rt. 1
south, just behind an injured baby doe. The motorist thought she
was still in Ipswich but in fact was well into Topsfield. I
found the place where 2 Topsfield officers were helping with
traffic and keeping an eye on the baby deer. I stopped to see if
they needed some assistance stating that I too had received the
call. They looked at me then nodded to the baby deer and said
that they could not put down one that young where the injury did
not appear to be too bad. I thought to myself "great now I have
to do it." Then they said they had made some calls and were
waiting for a call back to see if there was a place to bring it
for medical assistance. Inside to myself I am saying, "these two
officers are awesome for that", for not many people would take
that extra step and go out of their way to help out wildlife
that others feel are a nuisance animal, especially in a State
where helping wildlife for the most part is illegal to most
vets. They were able to find someone who could bring it to
Tufts, which was soon done and though the outcome was not what
we had all hoped for, the effort and Humanity was indeed
excellent! So I want to thank those 2 Officers, Sergeant Richard
LaBelle, and Officer John Barry. Also, the Ipswich Police who
help me at all times of day and night with animal calls that I
need assistance with, like dogs who get hit by cars, and Joe
Perna for Tuesday night. Thanks guys!!
I had been away in China visiting
my new in-laws for the last month only to return to very
upsetting reports. The worst being the incident in which a group
of cyclists would not stop or assist people in trying to contain
a loose dog in the road. Instead, in their pursuit of going
forward, they forced the dog into traffic where it was struck
and killed by a vehicle. My question to these cyclists is "Do
you just step on humans in the same manner, if something gets in
your way and destroy it?" "Do you not have any patience, or
compassion?" We saw the answer to these questions with your
actions and I feel as bad for you as I do for the dog and the
dog's owners. If you choose to live your life in that manner, I
have pity for you.
The other reports were of 3
other cases of dogs getting struck by cars. I checked to see if
they were on stormy days, they weren't. I was actually told by a
person who knew one of the owners that they let the dog run off
leash because I was out of town. Lesson learned?
I know dogs get loose from
time to time, and unfortunately this is often the end result,
but maybe you could try to be more cautious, take an extra
minute to make sure your dog is tied up properly when put out.
And PLEASE, thank the neighbor who grabs hold of your loose dog
and holds on to it until you get home or gives me a call, if
they can't, it could be worse.
I have also received many
complaints of dogs and their mess on Pavilion Beach. I WILL
be giving citations to those who have dogs on Pavilion Beach,
anytime of day or night, and at high tide or low. There are NO
dogs allowed on Pavilion Beach until after Labor Day. I may push
the Town Government to ban dogs from that beach altogether for
there are MANY irresponsible owners not cleaning up after their
dogs, and not enough help from the responsible ones to speak up
to those they see offending.
PEEP.... PEEP.... PEEP....
It is that time of the year, again
and maybe a bit early with all the rain, that the peepers are
coming out to make that annual trip to the vernal pools, lakes
and ponds to lay their eggs. SO PLEASE SLOW DOWN ON THE
ROADS!! DON’T SQUISH THE TOADS!!, or Frogs or Salamanders that
are trying to hop across the road.
Most people don’t understand the
importance of these amphibians. They tell us about the health of
our environment through their quantities in number. Since they
absorb so much through their skin, any toxins in the environment
can kill them, which basically tells us if we are polluting our
area. So to all kids and adults, go out and enjoy “BIG NIGHT”
with a reason, that the air is clean and so is the water.
Dog Owners - Spring into Action!
I need all dog owners who want a dog park to
step forward and help me with the work and process!!
many of you know I have been trying to get a dog park
established in Ipswich for a few years now, and finally it may
happen!! We may have a place at Bailek Park in the old
unused tennis courts area.
I need volunteers! I need dog owners to BARK
– SPEAK up and be heard that yes this is what you want. I need
people to front a fund raiser and others to grease their elbows
and get dirty when it comes time to create it. I will need
people to help monitor and help keep it clean. Please, if
interested, call my office, leave me your name, number and what
it is you’d be able to assist us with.
I Want Your Kittens
Kitten season has started. I am asking the
public to bring any unwanted kitten or litter to the shelter
instead of just giving them away. The reason is that we can get
them their shots, vet checked and spayed or neutered cheaper
than the people that you’d be giving them to. We would have them
fixed so as to prevent any more unwanted litters (see my last
posting, below). So PLEASE think of us when your cat is having a
litter of kittens and you don’t know what to do. We won’t ask
why or anything of the sort, promise, we just want to help cat
owners to be responsible. The Animal Shelter is located at the
end of Fowler's Lane which is off of Town Farm Road. If you have any questions, please call
my office at 978-356-6652. Thank you.
Spring is Upon Us
We are in the season of spring. Days are
getting longer and days are getting warmer. We bring our dogs
out for walks, but open the doors for our cats to go out.
WAIT!!! Please!! Before you open the door to let the
cat out, please get it spayed or neutered. Too many cats that
get out unaltered end up having litters that are unwanted or
that have been born hidden from us, which in turn can cause
feral cat colonies.
This is the mating season for many
animals both domestic and wild. You may let your cat out and it
becomes some other animal's lunch. As wildlife is coming out of
hibernation, pregnant, and hungry, they are not looking for
pickles or ice cream, they want a meal that will fill them up.
So be watchful of your small pets, please.
Easter is coming up and many children
like to get little soft fuzzy adorable big eared rabbits in
their baskets. Some kids get baby chickens or ducks. These are
cute, I mean really adorable when they are young and fuzzy, but
when they grow up out of their down and into their adult
feathers they are not as much fun to be with. So I am asking the
parents who are looking for something besides chocolate and the
yellow marshmallow chicks, to maybe find something other than a
live bunny or chick. I have seen the forgotten rabbit in the
rabbit hutch out back that went 2 weeks with out food or water.
And is that really a fun pet when it is stuck in a cage out back
with very little human contact?
As you can see, I have written 3
articles and put them together as one. They are important to me,
and I hope you as well.
I have received many calls lately for “SICK
RACCOONS” just because they are out during the daytime hours.
"It’s sick because it is a nocturnal animal!!", I often hear.
Well to tell you the truth, they are NOT true nocturnal animals.
Beside the bat, the opossum is the only true nocturnal animal in
our area. Raccoons, skunks, fox, and coyote all come out during
daylight hours. Especially this time of the year when they are
coming out of hibernation and also in the fall getting ready for
their long winter's sleep, HOWEVER, these animals do PREFER dusk
to dawn when the human population is not as busy. Even though we
have not had a positive test for rabies in Ipswich for many
years, I still want people to call if they feel the animal is
sick. I have been trained in classes to help determine if the
animal is healthy or sick. I will be asking you questions on its
behavior, so please help me by keeping an eye on it (if
possible) until I arrive. We do have other diseases that these
animals can be affected by and most are not contagious to humans
but are to our pets. So give me a call at 978-356-6652 or after
hours through the police department at 978-356-4343 if you have
any questions or are concerned about an animal.
Ipswich Humane Group is
Facebook. Check out our cats (and dogs though few far in
between) in house and the ones we had adopted. If you've adopted
in the past, send us a tag with an updated photo of your
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