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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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Do you recognize me? I was found roaming around D.W. Field Park. I was picked up by Brockton Animal Control and need help finding my way back home.

If this little guy belongs to you or if you know his owner please contact Brockton Animal Control at 508 580 7835.
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Do you recognize me?  I was found roaming around D.W. Field Park.  I was picked up by Brockton Animal Control and need help finding my way back home.   

If this little guy belongs to you or if you know his owner please contact Brockton Animal Control at 508 580 7835.

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People keep your pets inside the next three days or hang outside with them.

Glad he's warm too dam cold out

He looks sad. xoxoxo Thank you for helping him- especially today & tonight. Sooo cold.

Thank you for taking care of this dog and keeping him warm👍❤

Which part of the park was he found in? Pleasant side?

Collars and tags people!

So grateful he’s out of this cold. Thank you for picking him up.

Poor doggie 🐶 so cold out

Any luck on finding his family yet?

Ooor guy too cold outside

Your a wonderful person to take this furbaby in 🙏❤️

Maybe your next rescue Abigail Nuñez?

Adorable 💙

Sweet baby

Thank God they got to him before this wretched weather. I’m gonna go ask my husband if he looks familia, he takes our dog up there everyday. People who don’t take care of their animals should not be allowed to own them.

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Poor Baby!! 💔 So glad that he is not outside in this brutal cold! Hope his family is located soon! 🙏Post Shared!

And nobody calling the shelter looking for him??!! Seriously? 😡

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HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

My name is 'BOBA' and I went missing from the Brunswick St area on Sunday, I know my family is missing me and worried because its so cold outside, Please call City of Brockton Animal Control Department at 508-580-7835 if you have any information on where I may be.
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HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

My name is BOBA and I went missing from the Brunswick St area on Sunday, I know my family is missing me and worried because its so cold outside, Please call City of Brockton Animal Control Department at 508-580-7835 if you have any information on where I may be.

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Good luck ❤️❤️❤️ the worst feeling…

I saw one that looked an awful lot like him this morning on Tribou Street. There are a few regular strays that I feed, but I had never seen this one before today. I know it’s a mile or so away, but it really looked like him. Haven’t seen him since 9-9:30 this morning, but he was heading down Tribou/Nason area. Hope he gets home, I’ll be on the lookout

🙏🙏🙏🙏

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HAVE YOU SEEN ME?
I went missing Saturday night, from the Winthrop St. area. My name is 'Charlie" I'm a greyish tiger cat. One thing that stands out is my 'HOWL' while I'm outside. If you have seen or even have heard me, please call City of Brockton Animal Control Department at 508-580-7835
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HAVE YOU SEEN ME? 
I went missing Saturday night, from the Winthrop St. area. My name is Charlie Im a greyish tiger cat. One thing that stands out is my HOWL while Im outside. If you have seen or even have heard me, please call City of Brockton Animal Control Department at 508-580-7835Image attachment

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Do we know if Charlie is a boy or girl, I’m on waleco road and a cat looking like this with blue collar ( no bell on collar though)has been around my home, i think it’s a girl only because my male cat is being nice with it, and we hear howls at night, i will try to catch or get photo

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Do you know me? I was found in the area of Addison Ave and Sprague Ave. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835 ... See MoreSee Less

Do you know me? I was found in the area of Addison Ave and Sprague Ave. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835

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Farm animals used to be outlawed in Btockton. Nice to see Humans not caring for farm animals and domesticated dogs/cats/birds .

Awe I have a few hens like this. Hope she gets back to her home soon.

If you can get a better picture of her tail and side feathers, we could help with if it's a hen or roo

I can take her if no one claims her ! I'm in Plympton.

I dont think roosters are allowed in brockton only chicken

The owners leave Macy Ave Brockton

She’s a hen, not a rooster.

It’s a hen

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Update: Star is back home.

1/27/23

Do you know me? I was found today in the area of Cary St. And Centre St. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal at 508-580-7823.
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Update: Star is back home.

1/27/23

Do you know me?  I was found today in the area of Cary St. And Centre St. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal at 508-580-7823.

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That is awesome news because my husband showed me this picture yesterday and I’m telling you Star looks like Buddy Brian, who was home with us. I may ask the owner if Star was born over in Easton.

I’m sure someone is missing him

Poor pup. Sure hope you find your family. They have to be looking for you.I sure hope!

Someone’s missing this cutie, hopes he’s home with his family ASAP.

Poor doggie.

Slap em with a fine 🤷

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

I hope the see these posts. Hope someone who knows the owners they will tell them.🤞🤞🤞

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Yay 🎉❤️

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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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