New Ipswich brings back animal control position

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/12/2019 6:07:23 PM

New Ipswich plans to hire an animal control officer this year for the first time since 2010, after voters approved a budget including wages for the new position. 

Currently, according to Town Administrator Carlotta Pini, animal control complaints are handled by on-duty police officers. 

“The police department handles it provided they have adequate time and staff,” Pini said. “It is something the police chief felt needed to be improved upon, which is why he proposed it initially.”

The budget approved at the polls in March included $6,240 in wages for an animal control officer, who would respond to calls for loose, nuisance or neglected animals on an on-call basis. 

Police Chief Tim Carpenter said the animal control officer will be a part-time, on-call position, as it was in 2010, which is the last time the town had an animal control officer. He or she will not be a sworn police officer, and will not be able to issue citations or court summons, Carpenter said. In cases where legal action is needed, summons or citations will be issued by police. The animal control officer will be able to issue written and verbal warnings.

The town’s former animal control officer, Robert Arpin, resigned in 2010, and the Select Board at that time made the decision not to hire a new one. However, Carpenter said, police deal with a large amount of animal control complaints.

“We had 150 animal control complaints last year alone,” Carpenter said. “It’s a tremendous amount of time, and it’s taking a sworn officer away from patrols or handling an investigation.”

The Select Board agreed during its Tuesday meeting to advertise for the position, effective immediately.


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