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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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Marley had been reunited with her family.

Do you know this friendly girl ? She was found in the Copeland St / Lawson Terr area. If you have any information on her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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Marley had been reunited with her family.

Do you know this friendly girl ? She was found in the Copeland St / Lawson Terr area. If you have any information on her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.

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Marley……. She’s such an adventurous pup 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

Great news. 🩷

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If I remember correctly there are only a handful of St. Bernard’s in the city.

AWW sweet pup. Sharing x 4. 😔

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Short haired calico intact female (not spayed) cat found along Route 24 in Brockton. Pregnant, 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.
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Have you seen me?
Short haired calico intact female (not spayed) cat found along Route 24 in Brockton. Pregnant, 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.

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Beautiful hopefully home is found.

Poor girl 😢

Such a beautiful girl. Please let her have her kittens there and spay her before she goes home. No excuse for this! Sharing x 4. 😔

Please help. Please share.

Thank goodness you caught this poor young lady. In no way should an unaltered cat be let outside … and certainly not a pregnant one.

She looks like a baby herself. 😥

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Do you recognize this dog? This dark gray female Pitbull type has been running loose than the last few days, she was first spotted on Magoun Ave on Friday (7/18) and then spotted again at the Highschool on Sunday (7/21).
She is very skittish and runs at the first sight of people, we do not believe she is dangerous, but would like to capture her for her safety, and to possibly reunite her with her family.
If you have any information regarding where this dog may live, please contact brockton animal control at 508-580-7835
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Do you recognize this dog? This dark gray female Pitbull type has been running loose than the last few days, she was first spotted on Magoun Ave on Friday (7/18) and then spotted again at the Highschool on Sunday (7/21).
She is very skittish and runs at the first sight of people, we do not believe she is dangerous, but would like to capture her for her safety, and to possibly reunite her with her family.
If you have any information regarding where this dog may live, please contact brockton animal control at 508-580-7835Image attachment

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You should give us access to reach you on messenger for matters like this so that people can be more discrete and not be called out.

508? Not 608 right? Phone line is busy.

Not sure how far Brockton is from Boston but there is a black Cane Corso type missing?

She’s beautiful, her tail looks like it belongs on a tiger! Hope that she finds her family and/or safety soon.

Poor baby is probably so hungry. Thank you for posting, hopefully she will be reunited soon

Maybe someone can leave a bowl of water at least.

Can also try contacting Missing Dogs Massachusetts for assistance

I called in lastnight saw her near the high school but couldn’t find her after we stop to get out the truck

Poor baby

Heartbreaking

On my ring app, it says Luna has gone home. Can anyone confirm it’s true?

Please help. Please share.

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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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