Animal Control

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Beverly Animal Control Mission Statement

The City of Beverly Animal Control Department is dedicated to providing prompt, courteous and professional services to the citizens of Beverly, MA.  Our primary goal is the prevention and eradication of rabies by educating the public concerning local and state laws, promoting animal owner responsibility, and by protecting the public from stray or dangerous animals.  Our secondary goals are 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, and promote the continuation of advanced education and training for Animal Control Officers.  The Beverly Animal Control Department makes every effort to respond to all calls and complaints received and to address the needs of citizens of the City of Beverly.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Animal Control Department


The Animal Control Department is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, local and state, relative to animals.  The Animal Control Department is responsible for 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.  The Animal Control Department works closely with the Police Department when handling and investigating complaints such as nuisances, canine/feline bites, wildlife calls and complaints, and reports of cruelty/inhumane care and mistreatment of animals.

The Animal Control Department routinely conducts patrols of city parks, beaches, cemeteries and various other areas throughout the City of Beverly to ensure compliance with city ordinances.  The department is also responsible for working with the Board of Health to ensure all rabies related matters, including quarantines, and barn inspections are handled in a timely fashion.  The Animal Control Department is also 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.