The Animal Control section is responsible for enforcing local ordinances, state statutes and regulations related to: unlicensed dogs; leash law violations; unvaccinated animals; animal bite quarantine; and all animal complaints from citizens as well as formal complaints received through the Office of the Chief of Police.
Please call Animal Control at 508-799-1211. All stray animals that can not be identified are taken to the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL). The WARL is a no-kill intake animal shelter located at 139 Holden Street, Worcester, MA 01606. Injured animals are taken to a local veterinarian. Animal Control logs all animals that are picked up and the WARL keeps records of animals they receive.
Yes. All dogs and cats over a certain age (usually 6 months) are required to be immunized against a number of diseases including rabies.
An Animal Control Officer will investigate every complaint received by the unit. The Animal Control Officer will then take whatever action is deemed to be appropriate.
Yes. There is a leash law everywhere in the City.
Yes. Dogs must be leashed whenever off of the owner's or handler's property.
Yes. Any dog over six (6) months of age must be licensed with the City Clerk's Office.
No person shall own, harbor or keep any dangerous dog anywhere within the City for any length of time. For purposes of this section, a "dangerous dog" shall be any dog which:
The cost of a dog license is $30.00 and $25.00 if the dog is spayed or neutered.
Legally, Animal Control may only respond to situations involving sick or injured wildlife. For that reason, it's best to contact the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) during normal business hours (508-389-6300) or the Massachusetts Environmental Police radio dispatch during weeknights, weekends and holidays (1-800-632-8075). You can also look up information on common wildlife and ways to prevent conflicts by going to the MassWildlife Living with Wildlife Fact Sheets.