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«THE BIG BOOK OF WOOF TABLE OF CONTENTS ABOUT THIS HANDBOOK INTRODUCTION CHAPTERS I. DOG IMMUNIZATION AND LICENSING IMMUNIZATION LICENSING 1. ...»

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[Date] [Name of complainant] [Street Address] [Town, VT, zip]

Dear____________________:

On [date] the Town of _______________ received a written vicious dog complaint from you (copy of complaint enclosed).

Your request for a hearing on this matter has been  granted  denied for the following

reason(s) [check all that are applicable]:

 the attack did not require medical attention;

 the attack did not occur off the premises of the owner/keeper;

 the complaint is missing the following information:

 whether the attack required medical attention;

 the location of the attack;

 the time and date of the attack;

 the name and address of the victim(s);

If your complaint has been denied for failure to include the necessary information listed

above: Please provide that information here and return this form to the address above:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

If your request for a vicious dog hearing has been granted as indicated above:

Pursuant to Title 20, Section 3546 of Vermont law, the selectboard is required to hold a hearing on this matter. You are hereby given notice that the Town of_____________Selectboard will conduct this hearing on [date] at [time] in [location] in _______________, Vermont at which time it will take evidence to determine the veracity of the complaint, whether the victim was bitten without provocation and if necessary make such order for the protection of persons as the facts and circumstances may require. Your participation is not required, however, it is suggested to ensure the selectboard receives all the relevant and credible information to inform its decision.

Sincerely, [Name] Selectboard, Chair Town of ______________

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The Selectboard of the Town of _________________, Vermont, will hold a Public Hearing pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 3546 on [day/month/year] at [time] in [location] in ________________, Vermont to hear evidence and receive testimony on a complaint of a "vicious dog" concerning a dog named [name of dog] owned by [name of owners] presently residing at [address] in _________________, Vermont.

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[Date] [Name of dog owner] [Street Address] [Town, VT, zip]

Dear____________________:

On [date] the Town of _______________ received a written complaint (enclosed) that your dog [name of dog-if known] bit a person while it was off of your property. Pursuant to Title 20, Section 3546 of Vermont law, the selectboard is required to hold a hearing on this matter. You are hereby given notice that the Town of_____________Selectboard will conduct this hearing on [date] at [time] in [location] in _______________, Vermont, at which time it will take evidence to determine the veracity of the complaint, whether the victim was bitten without provocation and if necessary make such order for the protection of persons as the facts and circumstances may require. Your participation is not required, however, it is suggested to ensure the selectboard receives all the relevant and credible information to inform its decision.

Sincerely, [Name] Selectboard, Chair Town of _______________

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A. PURPOSE. The Selectboard of the Town of _______________ is required by 20 V.S.A. § 3546 to conduct a hearing when a domestic pet or wolf-hybrid has bitten a person while the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is off the premises of the owner or keeper, the person bitten requires medical attention for the attack, and the person bitten has filed a written complaint with the Selectboard. The purpose of these rules is to establish uniform procedures for conducting such vicious domestic pet or wolf-hybrid hearings and to ensure compliance with Vermont’s Open Meeting Law.

B. APPLICATION. These rules of procedure shall apply to all vicious domestic pet or wolfhybrid hearings conducted by the Town of _______________ Selectboard. A copy of these rules shall be provided to each party bringing a complaint before the Selectboard. The Selectboard

Chair shall conduct the hearing in the following manner:

C. PROCEDURE.

1. The chair of the Selectboard, or in the chair’s absence, the vice-chair, shall chair all vicious domestic pet or wolf-hybrid hearings. If both the chair and the vice-chair are absent, a member selected by a quorum of the Selectboard shall chair the hearing. The chair may make motions and may vote on all questions before the Selectboard. The chair shall rule on all questions or order and procedure.

2. The chair may exclude any irrelevant, unreliable or unnecessarily repetitive evidence.

Relevant evidence is any verbal testimony or document that tends to demonstrate the innocence or guilt of the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid subject to complaint. Reliable evidence is any relevant evidence commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent people in the conduct of their affairs.

3. All vicious domestic pet or wolf-hybrid hearings shall be conducted in the following





sequence:

a. Open the hearing by reading the warning/notice of the hearing.

b. Read the complaint received, and remind all present that this hearing is mandated by State law [20 V.S.A. § 3546], will be conducted in an orderly manner and that all statements must be directed to the Chair.

c. Ask the complainant/respondent if he/she has received a copy of these rules of procedure and whether he/she has any questions about how the hearing will proceed.

d. Request disclosure of any conflicts of interest and/or ex parte communications.

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f. Accept written information from the complainant presented to the Selectboard.

g. Invite the complainant to present oral testimony to the Selectboard.

h. Invite Selectboard members to ask questions of the complainant.

i. Invite the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid’s owner (respondent) or representative to respond to evidence presented.

j. Invite Selectboard members to ask questions of the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid owner.

k. Invite members of the public to present any relevant information regarding the complaint.

l. Invite more questions or comments from members of the Selectboard.

m. Allow final comments or questions from the complainant and domestic pet or wolfhybrid’s owner or their representatives or members of the Selectboard.

n. Upon motion and majority approval, the Chair shall either adjourn the hearing to a time and date certain (e.g. to obtain additional evidence), or close the proceedings by stating that this is the final public hearing on the matter.

o. The Selectboard shall then conduct public deliberations, or may vote to enter deliberative session in which case the written decision of the Selectboard setting forth its findings of facts, conclusion of law and order for the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid will be rendered in writing to the owner of the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid by certified mail, return receipt requested within ___ days.

These rules may be amended by [unanimous/two thirds/majority] vote of the Selectboard.

Adopted by the _______________ Selectboard at its organizational meeting held _______________, 201_.

____________________

Chair Selectboard

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1. This proceeding involves a vicious dog complaint submitted by [name of complainant] and received by the selectboard on [date of receipt of complaint].

2. On [month/day, 201_], public notice of this vicious dog hearing was posted in or near the town clerk’s office and [two other places in town where notice was posted], to each selectboard member, and [list any editor, publisher, or news director of any newspaper or radio or television station serving the area that requests notification of special meetings provided notice].

3. On [month/day, 201_], notice of this vicious dog hearing was mailed to [name of dog owner], owner/keeper of [name of dog].

4. On [month/day, 201_], notice of this vicious dog hearing was mailed to [name of complainant].

5. Present at the hearing were the following members of the selectboard:

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

6. During the course of the hearing the following exhibits were submitted to the selectboard:

[list any written testimony, pictures, reports, etc. submitted by any party before or during the

hearing]:

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

 ______________________________________

VLCT Big Book of Woof, May 2014 Page 52

RELEVANT ORAL TESTIMONY

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FINDINGS OF FACT

(attach additional sheets if necessary) ______________________________________________________________________________

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CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

(attach additional sheets if necessary) ______________________________________________________________________________

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Based on the foregoing findings of fact and conclusions of law the selectboard finds that [name of dog] did/did not bite [name of victim] with/without provocation and therefore a protective order will/will not be rendered. (Circle all that apply).

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