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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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Update: Bo's owner had been located

Do you know me? I was found in the area of Santee Rd and Candy Lane. If you have any information, please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835
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Update: Bos owner had been located 

Do you know me? I was found in the area of Santee Rd and Candy Lane. If you have any information, please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835

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Yay! Great news!💖

Awesome news ❤️🐾🐾❤️

Thanks for the good news update!

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YAAAY!!!

Keith Swerling

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Glad to know he’ll be home soon

So happy! He was such a sweet boy! Our daughter loved him

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Do you know me? I was found in the area of Menlo St and First St . If you have any information, please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835 ...

Do you know me? I was found in the area of Menlo St and First St . If you have any information, please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835

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Sweet Love... Hoping your family finds you soon... My Jack recently passed. Looked so so similar... 🐾🐾💗

Hope your family is found soon ! You sure are cute!

Very interested if he isn’t claimed. Adorable!

Aww. Someone is sure to be looking for him. What a cutie!

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If he goes up for adoption can u let us know

What a cutie

Cutie 💜

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So cute

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Those ears 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

❤ sharing!

Any updates

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Ohhhh those ears!! 😍

Keith Swerling

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Does anyone recognize me? I was picked up on Winter St today. ...

Does anyone recognize me?  I was picked up on Winter St today.

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On north cary street at the corner of Miller ave theres a house that has chickens loose in their yard for years its prob theres

40 holmes ave has chickens..that's off of cary hill..

Please take care of your chickens for god sake. 🙄

Did this lady get home ? If not I have room for one more.

Why did you cross the road?

Oh my ladies could always use a new friend

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Do you know me?

This Rooster was impounded on March 12, 2020. Its been observed by residents of Greenfield Street roaming the area since last week.

If you know who owns or where this animal lives please contact Animal Control (508-580-7835) or the Board of Health - Animal Inspector (508-580-7175).
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This Rooster was impounded on March 12, 2020.  Its been observed by residents of Greenfield Street roaming the area since last week.

If you know who owns or where this animal lives please contact Animal Control (508-580-7835) or the Board of Health - Animal Inspector (508-580-7175).

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He doesn’t look happy about it either !

Hes beautiful! I hope his family finds him soon!

What a shame. Hope someone who will love and take care of him comes to the rescue, soon.

Beautiful bird.

I pray he is not used for fighting 😢🙏🏻🙏🏻

People dump Roosters all the time. A rooster will not wander from his flock.

Beautiful

A lot of chickens on here lately

Can she produce Easter eggs?

Larry Lastra

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UPDATE: Leslie is back home with her family

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Found March 11, 2020 in the area of Crescent and Alger Streets.

If you recognize this dog please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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UPDATE: Leslie is back home with her family 

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Found March 11, 2020 in the area of Crescent and Alger Streets.

If you recognize this dog please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.

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My husband found her and brought her there. So glad she is home.

Glad she’s safe and at home!!

I'm glad she's safe and back home.

So happy she is home safe

He is very well grown so somebody wants him back

Adorable ❤️ I'm in love

So happy she is home

Good news!

Poor baby.

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Lesley Alger Ferreira. Did you notice her name and where she was found?

AnnMarie Batson-Raymond Sophie could use a friend

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Brockton, MA - Lost & Found Pets

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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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