Public Hearing – May 3, 2021 – Vicious or Nuisance Dog

Notice of Public Hearing
Complaint of Vicious or Nuisance Dogs

A public dog hearing will be held by the Blandford Select Board on Monday, May 3 at 6:00pm on a Complaint of Vicious or Nuisance Dogs as defined by Section 157, Chapter 140, General Laws. The hearing will take place at Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road. Pursuant to Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L.C. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this hearing will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting may do so by visiting
• Meeting ID: 8711607771O
• Dial In: 1-929-205-6099
No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the Blandford website a transcript or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Helpful Info regarding Coyotes

Recently, the Blandford Animal Control Officer has received multiple calls about coyotes in yards. Unfortunately, these calls were in response to the loss of life for two cats and a new born lamb. Please take a moment to read what you can do to keep your animals safe. February is mating season and coyotes will be more aggressive and persistent this time of year.

Coyotes are wary animals who will avoid people at all costs. The increased coyote sightings in town have created concerns about peoples’ safety in their backyards. Coyote attacks on humans are rare in Massachusetts. During the last 60 years, there have been less than 10.

The prospect of an easy meal can bring coyotes into yards. Coyotes are also drawn to an area by the availability of small mammals, which are attracted to the same food sources. If a coyote does appear in your yard, don’t try to approach it or its pups.

To learn how to make your property less attractive to coyotes, read more.