Dog Registration Data (Winchester Town Clerk)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Winchester Town Clerk of Winchester, MA.


From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the current Dog Registration or Dog License Database.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy

From: MaryEllen Lannon, CMC

Hello Michael

I have exported the Town's dog file into the attached excel spreadsheet for you. I will waive the fee and based on what you are doing with the concept of a dog census I edited the file to exclude the names and addresses of the owner. I realize that the list is public record but I do like to protect folks in town from solicitation. So the list have everything you talked about on the website. Let me know if this will work for you. Thanks

MaryEllen Lannon, CMC
Winchester Town Clerk

From: Michael Morisy

Hi MaryEllen,

Thank you so much for your help! This works perfectly.

- Michael