Yes. The animal control officer may declare a dog vicious based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to: any dog that has severely injured or killed a domestic animal or pet while off its owner’s property; any dog that bites or injures a person, dog, or other domestic animal without provocation; any dog used or trained for dog fighting.

If a dog has been declared vicious, the animal control officer may order: the dog’s destruction, the dog’s removal from town, the dog’s owner to purchase liability insurance, among other steps.

There are appeals an owner may make. The full law is detailed online at; click on Departments, and then Animal Control.