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Animal Shelter

In addition to responding to 'calls for service,' the department operates its own shelter.  The facility can house up to sixteen dogs and six cats. The staff responds and deals with an average of 8,500 calls per year and impounds approximately 350 animals.

Most animals are claimed by their owners within 1-3 days. Those unclaimed are behaviorally evaluated by staff members and if found to be adoptable (not aggressive or having severe medical issues), are placed for adoption or transferred to other animal rescue organizations.

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Domestic Animals

Domestic animal calls usually involve dogs. The complaints range from animal waste and leash law violations to excessive barking, dog bites, sick or injured strays and animal cruelty.

Issues involving cats (both domestic and feral) are increasing every day.  Although the law doesn't address cat issues to the same degree as dogs, we respond to the following problems: cats (stray or feral) that are sick or injured, aggressive cats, cat bites and animal cruelty.

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Wildlife

While Animal Control primarily responds to domestic animal issues, we also handle a limited number  of wildlife problems.  The department only responds to wildlife situations when the animal is sick, injured, deceased (on a public way) or posing an immediate threat to public safety. Under state law, Animal Control Officers are prohibited from trapping and removing nuisance animals from private property.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do with a stray dog?

Residents are advised not to take in stray dogs because the dog’s medical history and temperament are unknown.  If you find a stray dog, state law requires you to contact the Police or Animal Control within forty-eight hours of possession.

Does Animal Control house stray dogs?

Yes, the Animal Control Department maintains its own facility. Under City Ordinance, impounded animals are held for a minimum of ten days unless claimed by the owner.

Does Animal Control adopt unclaimed animals?

Yes, adoptable animals are adopted out or transferred to other state approved shelters or rescue groups.

Where do I license my dog?

The Elections Commission office issues dog licenses. Licenses are due annually; license period is May 1st through April 30th. A valid license and rabies tag must be worn by the animal at all times.

Is there a leash law in Brockton?

Yes, whenever the animal is off the owner or keeper’s premises, the dog needs to be under restraint as defined in Chapter 3, Brockton, MA Code of Ordinances.

Does Brockton have an animal waste ordinance?

Yes, the owner or keeper of a dog is responsible to pick up the animal's feces from public or private property of others.

Does Animal Control pick up stray or feral cats?

No, feral or free-roaming cats are not subject to the leash law.

Does Animal Control dispose of dead animals?

Animal Control Officers only remove deceased animals from public ways.

Will Animal Control remove a wild animal from my property?

Animal Control Officers are only allowed to remove wildlife from private property if the animal is found to be sick, injured or posing an immediate threat to public safety. If it is a nuisance situation, you can hire a pest control service or exterminator to deal with the issue. Residents are also allowed to use humane methods to remedy the problem.

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2/27/24

Do you know me? I was found today in the area of Main St and White Ave. if you have any information please call Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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2/27/24

  Do you know me?  I was found today in the area of Main St and White Ave. if you have any information please call Animal Control at 508-580-7835.

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He’s beautiful, hopes he’s home safe ASAP.

Beautiful..I could be interested..if no one claims.. intelligent dogs GSD

Not sure but kind of looks like my neighbor’s shepherd. They live on Market St.

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How do they escape pet owners need to be more responsible 🤔

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Short haired black and white pregnant female cat found near the intersection of Norwood Street at Virginia Avenue in Brockton. No microchip, no collar. Please CAREFULLY review the photo attached and physically compare it to photos of your cat, if you are confident this is your cat please call 617-945-2430. Please have your rabies certificate and photos of face and body as proof this is the correct cat, make sure to include any additional descriptions of special markings for identification

PLEASE NOTE this cat is not at our facility
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FOUND CAT 
Short haired black and white pregnant female cat found near the intersection of Norwood Street at Virginia Avenue in Brockton. No microchip, no collar. Please CAREFULLY review the photo attached and physically compare it to photos of your cat, if you are confident this is your cat please call 617-945-2430. Please have your rabies certificate and photos of face and body as proof this is the correct cat, make sure to include any additional descriptions of special markings for identification

PLEASE NOTE this cat is not at our facility

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Thanks for rescuing this kitty ~People need to be more responsible with their pets in regards to spay/neuter and keeping their pets indoors and safe ~

Shared !! Thank you for keeping her safe 👍♥️

At least her n her babies are safe, thank you!

Poor girl. At least now she can have her kittens in a safe and warm environment. 😔

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I hope the cat is safe. Sharing x 5. 😰💜😰

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Short haired solid grey intact female (not spayed) cat about 6 months old found near the intersection of Turner Street at Prospect Street in Brockton. No microchip, no collar. Please CAREFULLY review the photo attached and physically compare it to photos of your cat, if you are confident this is your cat please call 617-945-2430. Please have your rabies certificate and photos of face and body as proof this is the correct cat, make sure to include any additional descriptions of special markings for identification.

PLEASE NOTE this cat is not being held at our facility
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FOUND CAT 
Short haired solid grey intact female (not spayed) cat about 6 months old found near the intersection of Turner Street at Prospect Street in Brockton. No microchip, no collar. Please CAREFULLY review the photo attached and physically compare it to photos of your cat, if you are confident this is your cat please call 617-945-2430. Please have your rabies certificate and photos of face and body as proof this is the correct cat, make sure to include any additional descriptions of special markings for identification.

PLEASE NOTE this cat is not being held at our facility

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Beautiful, I hope the owner is found🙏🙏♥️

When released to a shelter, would you be able to tell me which one? If she isn’t claimed, I’d like to apply to adopt her.

He looks like my Winston 💕 I hope he gets home soon 🙏🙏

Such pretty eyes!

She's beautiful.

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And most likely pregnant 😩

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She looks discolored as if she was bleached. I hope that's just the picture. 😔

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Other Organizations

The MSPCA-Angell

For spaying and neutering information, along with other resources for pet owners, visit the MSPCA-Angell here.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston

For information on how to help animals in need of rescuing or veterinary treatment as well as community programs that promote education about pet health, behavior, care and services; visit the Animal Rescue League here.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources – Division of Animal Health

For information about inspections, licensing, awareness and education about domestic animals; visit the MDAR Animal Health Division here.

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