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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: Desiree’s owner has been located

Do you know me? This sweet girl was found in the area of North Main Street and Herrod Ave. if you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835
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Update: Desiree’s owner has been located

Do you know me? This sweet girl was found in the area of North Main Street and Herrod Ave. if you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835

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🙏🙏 hope she finds her way home soon

So many lost dogs crazy

If no home I will have her

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Update: Famous returned home:

This little girl was found today on Nye Ave by Spring st. If you recognize her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835
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Update: Famous returned home:

This little girl was found today on Nye Ave by Spring st. If you recognize her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835

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Another week another lost dog does anyone take care if their fur babies

Sooooo adorable! Hope her people are found soon!

Goodness, someone is missing that cutie. Glad she is safe.

Shared. So sad - just adorable but looks scared. xoxoxo

If she isn’t spoken for can I adopt her???? Such a cutie!!!!

She is adorable.... someone must be missing her

She looks scared but glad she is safe.

Was returned home

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That’s my neighbors dog. Her name is Famous. I’m calling u now. She’s so sweet

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UPDATE Penny's' family has been located!

Do you know me? This sweet little gal was picked up this morning, Sunday, July 12th, after she was found astray in the (South) Main Street/Route 28 area Brockton (nearby: Brookside Ave., Sargent’s Way, Holmes St.). If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

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446 Court Street Brockton Massachusetts
(508) 580-7835
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UPDATE Pennys family has been located!

Do you know me? This sweet little gal was picked up this morning, Sunday, July 12th, after she was found astray in the (South) Main Street/Route 28 area Brockton (nearby: Brookside Ave., Sargent’s Way, Holmes St.). 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 
(508) 580-7835

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What a sweetheart ! 💗 I hope her people are looking for her.

So glad her family has been found🙏☺

Thank you for helping this beautiful baby girl💖 Share

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I think it could be my neighbors dog

Family was found

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UPDATE Tebow is back home!
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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UPDATE Tebow is back home!
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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Thanks Everyone I have my Tbo

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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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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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