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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 know me? This little lady was found in the area of Manchester Ave and Court Street. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835 ...

Do you know me? This little lady was found in the area of Manchester Ave and Court Street. If you have any information please contact Brockton Animal Control 508-580-7835

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Oh my gosh such a cutie I hope she’s reunited soon❤️

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Oh she is adorable!

That dog had to literally have been just groomed w in past cpl days. Way too neat and clean

So adorable

I had a coworker that lived on Manchester Ave and she had dogs like that. Her name is joan Leotti don’t know the address been years! Always kept her dogs groomed!

Thank you!

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She is very well groomed and clean, we have a bichon mix and those hairs around the noses get dirty quick, same color as ours too.

Que hermoso

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Look at the big eyes💙

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Collars and tags people and/or a registered chip!

I saw here yesterday on Clinton Street around 4:00..She would not come to me!

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Poor baby

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Joanne Carr this looks like solara

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**Missing in the East Street area of Brockton** Please be on the lookout for this handsome young cat, a 9 month male tiger striped cat whose family is missing him terribly! The area he's missing from (on East St.) is between Southfield Dr. and Plain St. Brockton. Please contact us at Brockton Animal Control if found or sighted.

Thank you!
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**Missing in the East Street area of Brockton** Please be on the lookout for this handsome young cat, a 9 month male tiger striped cat whose family is missing him terribly! The area hes missing from (on East St.) is between Southfield Dr. and Plain St. Brockton. Please contact us at Brockton Animal Control if found or sighted.

Thank you!

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Hope he comes home, safe.

😢 poor boy! Hope he is found!

Please search on foot. Go at night when he might be braver to answer. Bring a flashlight & look. Shake treats. Walk, call, wait, listen, for even the faintest cries. Be patient. Check under porches, anything they could get under. Look inside all outbuildings, sheds, garages, in case he's hiding or locked in. Look up trees, in bushes, junk piles. Ask neighbors to look. Poster the area. Hire a tracker or seek their advice. Do not put cat litter outside as it could attract coyotes or aggressive cats who might deter him from coming home. Keep checking rescues & shelters in case someone brought him in. There are so many little fb rescues & shelter sites. Find them. Consider a lost cat ad in the newspaper, as not everyone is on social media. Alert animal control. Keep at it & don't give up.🙏

Poor baby-pls come home safe & soon

I live in that area. I will keep a eye out for him.

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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FOUND BIRD: this light blue parakeet was found tonight on Atlanta st near Sawtell ave. If you know who this bird belong too please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835 ...

FOUND BIRD: this light blue parakeet was found tonight on Atlanta st near Sawtell ave. If you know who this bird belong too please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835

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Poor sweetie!

Sweet little bird

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I have rescue parakeets. Let me know if he needs a home.

Glad he’s / she is safe with you 😁

Aco has it now.

Beautiful

Awww at least he's safe!!

Why are so many of these being found in Brockton? Are people just letting them loose???

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🦇🦇Recently a bat was found and tested positive for Rabies in Brockton.🦇🦇
Please follow the advise and direction in this post to determine if a found bat is in need of testing. If you have a bat in your home please contact Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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Be safe

Denise Analoro

Yikes!!

Thank you for the advisory!

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This dog was reportedly found Monday, 8/19 in the area of 265 Main Street. She appears to have an issue with its skin which will be examined by a veterinarian.

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

This dog was reportedly found Monday, 8/19 in the area of 265 Main Street. She appears to have an issue with its skin which will be examined by a veterinarian.

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

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Hope she gets good care and a loving home!

Poor sweetie; sadly, was probably abused 😓

Poor poor baby. As a pitty mom whose princess has undergone extensive testing for allergies, I have seen first hand how uncomfortable she was. Thank God for benedrill until we got to the bottom of her allergies. Doing very well now but she is even allergic to grass, peanut butter, chicken and a lot of vegetables. Gets a home grown diet of duck. Grain free, dye free and rice and veggies free.

Poor guy he look don’t well care, I hope find a good person and care adopted him.

Safe at least, thank you ❤

So beautiful

I hope he goes up for Adoption. I would like him!

Poor baby, as a pitty mom I know most have allergies from food or other ...mine both are on grain free food and all their skin problem have disappeared..good luck to this doggie ..

Ugh I pray he gets adopted into a good home 🙏🙏😢

OMG that poor baby.

Poor sweet baby needs some Apoquel or a Cytopoint shot...possibly some antibiotics.

Poor baby ❤️

It is a she. Read the narrative

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Poor thing he looks so uncomfortable

Dario Petti look at this baby could be Rags twin

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It ot male or female?

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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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