Animal Control


Beverly Animal Control Mission

We are dedicated to providing prompt, courteous and professional services to the citizens of Beverly, MA.

Primary goals

  • The prevention and eradication of rabies by:
  • Educating the public concerning local and state laws
  • Promoting animal owner responsibility
  • Protecting the public from stray or dangerous animals

Secondary goals

  • To provide service to the public and animals through impoundment of stray animals and timely response to other animal related calls
  • Issue warnings or citations as necessary
  • Investigate and prosecute animal cruelty and abuse cases
  • Promote the continuation of advanced education and training for Animal Control Officers

Duties and Responsibilities of the Animal Control Department

  • Enforcement of all laws, local and state, relative to animals.
  • Ensuring all dogs in the City of Beverly are licensed appropriately.
  • Ensuring all canines, felines and ferrets in the City of Beverly are immunized against rabies as required by State Statute.
  • Investigates complaints such as nuisances, canine/feline bites, wildlife calls and complaints, and reports of cruelty/inhumane care and mistreatment of animals.
  • Routinely conducts patrols of city parks, beaches, cemeteries and various other areas throughout the City of Beverly to ensure compliance with city ordinances.
  • Works with the Board of Health to ensure all rabies related matters, including quarantines, and barn inspections are handled in a timely fashion.
  • Responsible for inspecting and permitting all of the dog daycare and boarding facilities to ensure operation of business is in compliance with the standard set by Massachusetts General Law.