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Hearings about bites by “vicious” dogs or domestic pets are complex, emotional, time consuming, and subject to appeal. MAC has created a comprehensive toolkit with guidance and model templates to help municipal officers perform their dog/domestic pet bite-related obligations under 20 V.S.A. § 3546, such as investigations, and to ensure their determinations are upheld.

Instructions on how to use these models: Each model includes squared parentheticals [….] that offer options or prompts for suggested texts. These are intended to serve only as internal guidance for the user and must be deleted and replaced with appropriate text. The rounded parentheticals (….) offer notes for the recipient of the finalized documents and should be left as-is.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Municipal Assistance Center Staff. Members may contact the Municipal Assistance Center at or 1-800-649-7915 for assistance.

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