AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN ANIMAL CONTROL COMMISSION IN THE TOWN OF LANCASTER.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the
contrary, there shall be in the town of Lancaster an animal
control commission. The commission shall have all the powers and duties
vested in the board of selectmen pursuant to the General Laws as they relate to
animal control in the town. The commission may promulgate rules and
regulations for the care and control of animals and facilities consistent with
state and local law. The town may, by by-law, add to the duties of the
The animal control commission shall consist of not less
than 5 nor more than 7 members who shall be appointed by the board of
selectmen. When the commission is first established, the terms of members
shall be for such length not exceeding 3 years and so arranged that the terms
of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year and their successors
shall be appointed for terms of 3 years. A vacancy occurring other than by
the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same
manner as an original appointment. Any member may be removed for cause by the
appointing authority after a public hearing. Before entering upon official
duties, an appointee to the commission shall be sworn to the faithful
performance of his duties.
This act shall take effect upon its passage.