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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 this sweet old man? He was found today on Ash st between Belmont and W Elm st. If you may know where he live please contact Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835, Thank You. ...

Do you recognize this sweet old man? He was found today on Ash st between Belmont and W Elm st. If you may know where he live please contact Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835, Thank You.

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This was posted 7 hours ago through the Brockton Animal Control who can go this long without their family member if this was my dog I'd have an all points bulletin by now

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Update: Benji is back home with his family

Do you know me? I was found in the area of Kingston St and Short St. If you have any information please contact Animal Control 508-580-7835
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Update:  Benji is back home with his family

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

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Found where? Don't think these streets are near each other.

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A Good Samaritan found me on Cairn Road and was nice enough to bring me to Animal Control. Please help me get back home.

If you know me or my owners, give animal control a call at 508-580-7835. Thank you!
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Do you know me?

A Good Samaritan found me on Cairn Road and was nice enough to bring me to Animal Control.  Please help me get back home.

If you know me or my owners, give animal control a call at 508-580-7835.  Thank you!

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Oh the poor pup, we hope his momma or daddy comes and get him quickly. If no one claims him and he doesn't do well in the shelter we have an available foster home. www.paw-affectionrescue.org

Poor sweetheart is so scared. I hope his parents are looking for him and they are reunited soon.

I just told Walter P4S will take him if need be ...our hearts go out to him

That little face breaks your heart ! Hope someone shows up soon

Poor thing! He's so scared! I hope someone is giving him some TLC. ❤❤❤

Poor pup looks so scared 😦

Poor little guy. 🥺

Poor baby looks scared

Omg I just want to hold him/her 😥

So sad

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Kasey - you don't have a little pug faced pupper at mom's, do you?

Has anybody claimed him?

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Happy to foster long-term if needed

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Kerry Frye Rodriguez any idea??

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**Missing Brockton Cat** Please share**
Dagmar Drive area residents (nearby: North Cary St., Ashfield School, Hillstrom Farm Park, North Quincy St.) please keep an eye out for Charlie!

text read: "June 30th 2020. Missing Brockton Cat. Please Share. Charlie is missing from the Dagmar Drive area of Brockton Massachusetts. Charlie, also known as Charlemagne, is a domestic shorthaired cat who's light and dark gray in color having some white markings as well. Charlie's family has been missing him terribly ever since Saturday, June 27th, when he did not return home as he faithfully has for so many years (Charlie is about 10 years old now). Please keep an eye out for Charlie! If found or sighted please contact us at Brockton Animal Control so that we may report sightings to Charlie's family.

Brockton Animal Control
(508) 580-7835
446 Court Street
Brockton Massachusetts 02302"

-City of Brockton Animal Control Department
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**Missing Brockton Cat** Please share**
Dagmar Drive area residents (nearby: North Cary St., Ashfield School, Hillstrom Farm Park, North Quincy St.) please keep an eye out for Charlie! 

text read: June 30th 2020. Missing Brockton Cat. Please Share. Charlie is missing from the Dagmar Drive area of Brockton Massachusetts. Charlie, also known as Charlemagne, is a domestic shorthaired cat whos light and dark gray in color having some white markings as well. Charlies family has been missing him terribly ever since Saturday, June 27th, when he did not return home as he faithfully has for so many years (Charlie is about 10 years old now). Please keep an eye out for Charlie! If found or sighted please contact us at Brockton Animal Control so that we may report sightings to Charlies family. 

Brockton Animal Control 
(508) 580-7835
446 Court Street
Brockton Massachusetts 02302

-City of Brockton Animal Control Department

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My cat went missing 2 weeks ago. Alphonse/Dandy area. This is the 3rd cat missing from the Ashfield school area in the last couple of weeks. Seems strange to me. Praying they all return home safely ❤️

I’m a neighbor ,,, will keep my eyes open ..

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Update: Scrappy has been reunited with his family. Thank you!

Do you know me? This little guy was picked up today, Tuesday, June 30th, after he was found roaming at large in the Ridge Street - Ames Street área Brockton (nearby Winter Street, Sawtell Ave). If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

City of Brockton Animal Control Dept
446 Court Street Brockton Massachusetts
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Update: Scrappy has been reunited with his family. Thank you!

Do you know me? This little guy was picked up today, Tuesday, June 30th, after he was found roaming at large in the Ridge Street - Ames Street área Brockton (nearby Winter Street, Sawtell Ave). If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you! 

City of Brockton Animal Control Dept 
446 Court Street  Brockton Massachusetts

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So cute love the name glad his home

So glad he’s home. He’s so sweet!

we hope he finds his home!!!

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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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