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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 fluffy boy was picked up this morning, Saturday, October 12th, after he was found in the earlier morning hours in Washburn Ave. Brockton. If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508)580-7835. Thank you!

Brockton, Massachusetts
City of Brockton Animal Control Dept.
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Do you know me? This fluffy boy was picked up this morning, Saturday, October 12th, after he was found in the earlier morning hours in Washburn Ave. Brockton. If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508)580-7835. Thank you!

Brockton, Massachusetts 
City of Brockton Animal Control Dept.
446 Court Street       (508)580-7835

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So cute! Hope his owners find him!🙏🙏🙏🐾🐾🐾

Sweetheart! hope his owners claim him soon!🙏

Thx for keeping this baby safe

Adorable ... he looks well taken care of so someone must be missing him

Beautiful cutie!

God I love Pomeranians. They are the best

Help him find his way home 🐾💙🐾

There's an older gentleman that walks his Pom at DWF. This dog looks like him. I don't believe he had FB. He would be devastated if this is his.

Looks well taken care of. Beautiful Pom.

Omg so glad he’s out of the cold wet weather now. My Pomeranian Xena looks just like him

I'm surprised nobody is looking for him. Shared.

Awwwww he’s so cute

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Dinero Smoot is this nilla? Or any sibling ?

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UPDATE Penny is back home!

Do you recognize this little girl? She was found tonight on Field st. If you have any information on her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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UPDATE Penny is back home!

Do you recognize this little girl? She was found tonight on Field st. If you have any information on her please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.

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So AWESOME !! She’s Home !!!

So happy that Penny is home!❤️

She is beautiful!

What a cutie !

I love her!!!!

Sweet baby

Collars and tags people'!

I want her. If no one claims her of course.

Wow what a beauty she is!! Missing Dogs Massachusetts

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Microchips. They're cheap and near impossible to lose.

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Update: Otis has returned home.

Do you know me? I was found today on North Montello st near Elliot St. please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.
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Update: Otis has returned home.

Do you know me? I was found today on North Montello st near Elliot St. please call Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.

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Yayyyy. Otis you silly boy! I'm glad you're back home and hopefully I don't have to hold on to you again. It was nice hanging with you for the half hour or so. 😃

Hope and pray you are home soon,sweet pup!🙏🙏❤️❤️

Sweet dog

Oh no I hope you find your home soon ❤️

Adorable dog

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If no microchip flyers in area found may help. Some people don’t use social media. Check town vets.

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Do you know me? This duck was picked up today, Sunday, October 6th, after he was at large for at least two days in the Norwood St. area Brockton. If you are missing this duck, what we are guessing may be a Domestic species/Muscovy mix, please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

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Do you know me? This duck was picked up today, Sunday, October 6th, after he was at large for at least two days in the Norwood St. area Brockton. If you are missing this duck, what we are guessing may be a Domestic species/Muscovy mix, please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

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Do you need feed or a foster for her?

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UPDATE Penny is back home

Do you know me? This little guy was picked up this morning, October 5th, after he was held by some good samaritans who reported finding him roaming at large in the area of Warren Ave and Market Street Brockton (nearby: South Middle School, West Chestnut Street, and Keith Avenue). If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

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UPDATE Penny is back home
 
Do you know me? This little guy was picked up this morning, October 5th, after he was held by some good samaritans who reported finding him roaming at large in the area of Warren Ave and Market Street Brockton (nearby: South Middle School, West Chestnut Street, and Keith Avenue). If you recognize this dog please contact us at Brockton Animal Control (508) 580-7835. Thank you!

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I hope he gets home soon! So cute!

He's a little doll! I hope his owners come to get him soon!

What a cutie pie 🥰 Hope the owners claim him soon 🙏🏻💕

Looks well taken care of 🙂 Someone's missing this cutie <3 S .

awe reminds me of Benji... 💕

He looks like he has been groomed lately. Maybe he got away from the groomer. That has happened to my friend.

That is Benji!

Be safe sweet angel!

AWESOME. NEWS !!

He’s adorable!!! Best of luck little man!!

I don’t, but He’s cute, his owners missing him

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He’s so cute someone must be missing him.

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If no one claims him I would like to adopt. He looks a lot my yorkie

YAAAY!!!

I want him so cute

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Don't recognize him but you can send him down here to me

Please someone at least rescue him get him out of animal control

Linda Lane, this couldn’t be the dog lost from Sudbury?

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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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