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Tewksbury, Billerica To Regionalize Animal Control Services

Sep 25, 2015 03:52PM ● By Bill Gilman

Annie says it's time to get your dog licensed for 2015!

Tewksbury's animal control services are once again undergoing some changes.
Next week, Tewksbury Town Manager Richard Montuori will be announcing a regionalization agreement with Billerica for two full-time animal control officers to handle calls in both towns.
"Billerica had a full-time and part-time ACO. They will be increasing the part-time to another full-time position," said Montuori. "It will cost (Tewksbury) a little more but we'll be getting increased service hours."
Also making regionalization attractive, according to Montuori, is that Billerica has its own dog pound to house strays. Tewksbury's dog pound was closed in 2009.
Tim Sullivan, who had served as Tewksbury's ACO for two years, resigned at the end of August. Sullivan was hired in 2013, when the part-time ACO position was removed from the oversight of the Health Department and put under the office of Town Manager. It was also combined with the part-time parks maintenance position into a new, full-time job.
According to the Billerica Town Website, the two animal control officers are Christine Gualtieri and Maureen Ray.
Under the terms of the new agreement, the Billerica-based animal control officers will answer calls but Tewksbury will still maintain control over the licensing of dogs and holding dog hearings.
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