Animal Control


We are dedicated to providing prompt, courteous and professional services to the citizens of Beverly, Massachusetts. We strive to prevent and eradicate rabies by:

  • Educating the public concerning local and state laws
  • Promoting animal owner responsibility
  • Protecting the public from stray or dangerous animals


  • 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.
  • 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


If you have an animal related emergency please contact the Beverly Police Department for assistance after hours at 978-922-1212.  An emergency complaint is one that requires immediate action from the Animal Control Officer.  Incidents qualifying as an emergency complaint are those in which there is imminent threat to human life or an injury to a domestic animal.

Examples of animal related emergencies include:

  • Dog / cat hit by car- alive- owner unknown
  • Animal bites / attacks in progress
  • Potentially rabid animal having contact with human or domestic animal
  • At large dogs acting vicious or posing a threat to a human or other animals

The following are not animal related emergencies:

  • Loose dogs
  • Dogs in custody

NOTE: The on-call animal control officers that work nights and weekends cannot respond to loose dogs or dogs in custody.


Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable, and it poses special risks for our pets. Keep the following safety concerns in mind as the temperature rises, and follow these tips to keep your pets safe.

Never Leave Your Pets in Cars

The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes! You should never leave pets unattended in a vehicle in the summer months as heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in warm temperatures. If you are taking a road trip, you can keep your pets cool by placing icepacks in their crates. You also want to make sure the crate being used to transport your animals on a long trip is well ventilated. Putting sunshades on your car windows can also help keep the inside of your car cool and more suitable for your pets to spend short amounts of time. Bring along fresh water, a bowl, and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. For dogs, you can keep a spray bottle filled with water to spritz on them to help cool them down.


Taking Your Dog to the Beach

The City of Beverly does not permit dogs to use the public beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Other public beaches in the surrounding area may allow for dogs to be on the beaches during the summer months; you should check with them before you plan your trip.

  • When taking advantage of the use of other beaches do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make them sick.
  • Always check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions.
  • Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish so be aware of your surroundings.
  • Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water.
  • Be conscious of your dog’s preferences and skills before trying to make him swim. If you’re swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water.
  • Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with into the water. You should never throw your dog into the water.
  • Don’t let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and they may tire quickly.Never leave your dog unattended in the water.
  • If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides. If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.
  • Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so be aware of your dog’s activity.
  • Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure to the sun during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Human sunscreen can be used on animals or you can purchase sunscreen that is special for animals.
  • Always make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.
  • Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog’s coat, so remember to rinse him off at the end of the day.
  • Always pick up after your dogs. It is important for the health and safety of the community that all dog waste is picked up and disposed of properly. By picking up after your dog, you are doing your part to maintain and improve the environment.

General Health

Make sure your dog’s vaccinations and licenses are up to date; according to the City of Beverly Code of Ordinances Chapter 10 Section 4-27 all dogs residing within the City of Beverly are required to be licensed annually. Fleas and ticks, and the mosquitos which carry heartworm disease, are more prevalent in warmer months. Ask your veterinarian for an effective preventive to keep these parasites off your dog. Remember to keep your dogs off of lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours (or according to package instructions), and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers.

Heat Hazards

Always make plenty of cool, fresh water available to your pets. If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure they have a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child’s wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in. You will also want to avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days and try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws. The best time to exercise your dogs is in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun’s heat is less intense. Keep in mind that dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Brachycephalic dogs should be kept inside with air-conditioning.


Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog’s prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are the signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your dog appears to be overheated.

Early Stages:

  • Heavy panting.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Bright red gums and tongue.
  • Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.

Advanced Stages:

  • White or blue gums.
  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move.
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation.
  • Labored, noisy breathing.
  • Shock.

If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:

  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog’s paw pads.
  • Apply ice packs to the groin area.
  • Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.
  • Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes.

Do not cool your dog down too rapidly, as you could force them to go into shock! Check your dog’s temperature regularly during this process. Once the dog’s temperature has stabilized at between 100 to 102 degrees, you can stop the cool-down process. If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.


As the harsh winter months settle in, it is important that you think about keeping your pets safe from all of the dangers that the season can present. Please see below for some tips that can help to insure your pet’s safety.

When Temperatures Drop Below Freezing . . . .

. . . do not leave your pets outdoors.  Dogs need outdoor exercise, but take care not to keep them outdoors for lengthy periods of time during very cold weather. Pets that are kept mostly indoors need time to adapt to cold temperatures.  This is done by building up a thicker coat and toughening their footpads for ice and snow. During extreme weather conditions, dogs and cats are safer indoors.  Pets that spend a greater amount of time outdoors in the winter need more food.  Maintaining warmth is hard work and depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to ensure water is fresh and not frozen.  To prevent your pet’s tongue from freezing to its feeding or drinking bowl, plastic, rather than metal food and water bowls are preferred. Consider putting a sweater on your dog when you go outside if you have a hairless or smooth-coated breed.

Wind-chill is a Threat to Pets . . .

. . . even those protected by shelters.  Outdoor dogs must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit, lie down and turn around comfortably, but small enough to retain body heat.  The floor should be elevated a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The entrance of the doghouse should be turned to face away from prevailing winds, and the entrance should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.

Care for your Pet’s Feet . . .

If your pet walks on salted or chemically treated areas, be sure to wash its paws after your walk.  Gently rub the bottom of the feet to remove these irritants as soon as your dog is off the road.  Many dogs need boots in cold weather, regardless of their coat length.  If your dog frequently lifts up its paws, whines or stops during walks, it may be demonstrating that its feet are uncomfortably cold.

Trimming the hair between your dog’s toes will help ice balls from forming there. The snow and ice can cause cuts and cracked pads. Try rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly on your dog’s paw pads before you go for a walk to help repel the snow.

Antifreeze and De-icing Chemicals . . .

. . . can be hazardous. Many types of antifreeze have a sweet taste that can attract animals.  Always store antifreeze out of reach and clean up spills. Antifreeze made with propylene glycol can actually be swallowed in small amounts and not injure pets, wildlife or humans.  You can also use pet-friendly antifreeze, which contains a much less toxic chemical and doesn’t taste as pleasant to animals.  De-icers such as rock salt when talking your dog for a walk can hurt your dog’s paw pads and be toxic if they lick it. Make sure to rinse and dry your pup’s paws when you get home.

Be Leery . . .

. . . of frozen bodies of water. Always keep your pets on a leash when walking them near suspected frozen bodies of water.  The ice may not be sturdy enough to support your pet.  If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue your pet yourself; call or go for help.

Warm Automobile Engines . . .

. . . are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked vehicles can attract small animals, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth.  To avoid injuring hiding animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them off before starting your engine.

Never . . .

. . . leave your dog alone in the car on cold days. The same way your car heats up in the summer, it gets extremely cold in the winter, acting like a refrigerator. If it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your dog.


If you have found an animal that does not belong to you, please contact the Animal Control Services Department at 978-605-2361, and an Officer will assist you as well as assist the animal in finding its way home.

If you have lost an animal, please send an email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Animals name and approximate age
  • A brief description of your pet
  • Date the animal went missing
  • If the animal has a microchip or a collar/tags
  • Any additional information that may assist the department in locating your missing animal.

If you do not have access to email, you can contact the department by phone at 978-605-2361 and either speak with an officer or leave us a brief message with the above requested information.

Our Department keeps a list of lost and found animals as reports come in, and we can let you know if we picked up your animal or if someone else has reported either finding it or seeing it.  If you report your animal missing to our department, we ask that you please contact us when they return. We will then remove them from our missing list and be at ease regarding your pets safety.

If your animal has been picked up by our Department and you need to arrange to re-assume custody of them, you can either contact the Animal Control Services Department at 978-605-2361, or you can contact the City of Beverly holding facility directly- Borash Veterinary Clinic in Peabody, MA, at 978-531-8713.


Non-emergency complaints are those that do not pose a threat to life, public safety or danger of serious injury to the public or animals.  Non-emergency complaints do not require immediate action from the Animal Control Officer and shall be investigated during normal ACO business hours

Examples of Non-Emergency Complaints:

  • Dead animals on the side of road or in public areas not disrupting traffic
  • Loose or lost domestic animals
  • Stray domestic animals
  • Violations of animal control ordinances which do not pose a threat to public safety
  • Nuisance complaints


Beverly Animal Hospital
303 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA  01915
Phone: 1(978)927-5453

Beverly Animal Natural Health Center
409 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA  01915
Phone: 1(978)927-3622

Farms Veterinary Clinic
642 Hale Street
Beverly, MA  01915
Phone: 1(978)927-0317

Bulger Veterinary Hospital (Open 24 hours)
247 Chickering Road
North Andover, MA  01845
Phone: 1(978)682-9905

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (Open 24 hours)
20 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA  01801
Phone: 1(781)932-5802

Veterinary Emergency Critical Care & Referral Center of New Hampshire (Open 24 hours)
15 Piscataquis Drive
Newington, NH  03801
Phone: 1(603)431-3600

MSPCA – Angell Animal Medical Center (Open 24 hours)
350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02130
Phone: 1(617)522-7282

Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA  02116
Phone: 1(617)426-9170


Dog Licensing

Dog licensing can be done online, by mail or in person at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall.  Dog license renewals are due every year by April 1st.  Renewal forms are sent attached to the bottom City Census and can be filled out and mailed back to the Clerk’s Office. For questions or assistance with licensing a dog please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (978)605-2326.

Kennel Licensing

Kennel Licenses are issued to commercial kennels, including by not limited to dog daycare and boarding facilities that are properly zoned in areas of business. If you are applying as a new applicant for a Commercial Kennel License please click on the link below for the initial application for a Kennel License, fill it out and return it to us for review.

Keeping of Animals

Keeping of Animals Permits are issued by the City of Beverly Board of Health.  These permits are required in order to own livestock or non-traditional domestic animals, including but not limited to chickens, goats and horses. Please see the following link for the application and the Keeping of Animals Board of Health Regulation. This application should be filled out and submitted to the Board of Health for review. Any questions regarding this process or application should be directed to the Board of Health by contacting (978)921-8591.


Animal Control Officers do not have the authority to assist landowners with nuisance wildlife. A Problem Animal Control Agent licensed by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife must be hired.  The Animal Control Officers will respond to a wildlife call when it poses a threat to the public or has had direct human contact. It is recommended that residents avoid contact with wild animals and report animals that appear sick or injured to the Beverly Police Department at (978)922-1212.  Residents SHOULD NOT allow their pets to run at large. For further information concerning rabies, contact the Animal Control Officer, the Board of Health or your Veterinarian. A list of Problem Animal Control Agents can be found by contacting the Animal Control Office at (978)605-2361 or by following the link below.

Rabies Vaccinations

It cannot be stressed enough to have your pets vaccinations up to date!  It is not only the law, but doing so could save its life and prevent the need for human family members to undergo expensive rabies treatments.

Rabies Clinic

Rabies clinics are held the first Wednesday in May from 4:00pm to 6:00pm each year.  Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.