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Few fields of law demand so much immediate attention, elicit such reactionary responses, draw the concern and ire of the public, or are as confusing to enforce as Vermont’s laws on dogs and domestic pets. MAC has developed resources that attempt to bridge the gap between Vermont’s regulatory scheme and how it’s implemented in practice.

This topic page provides links to resources below that explain the various laws governing “(hu)man’s best friend” (dog and wolf-hybrids) as well as other “domestic pets” which the law defines as any domestic dogs, domestic cats, and ferrets, and includes other domestic animals as the Secretary establishes by rule.

If you have questions about these resources or this topic, please contact the Municipal Assistance Center at or 1-800-749-6915.

While every effort is made to provide members with the most accurate information possible, these documents do not constitute legal advice.