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Animal Control Officer:

Ellen Bistany

 Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

 Brian Miranda

Monday - Friday 3:ooPM -11:00PM

TEL 978-794-5856



Animal Control Division

The primary function of the Animal Control Division is to enforce the City Of Lawrence by-laws and the Massachusetts General Laws as they relate to animal issues. Some other duties of Animal Control include picking up stray dogs, licensing and vaccination enforcement, bite investigations, cruelty investigations, quarantines, barking complaints and barn inspections. Many of these duties require the officer be out of the office frequently. To reach the ACO, please call 978-794-5856 and leave a detailed message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. Our phone accepts voicemail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are calling to report a loose dog, please call the Lawrence Police 978-794-5900 and the ACO will be radio dispatched.

Animal Control hours are Monday - Friday 9AM to 11PM. Any after hour/weekend/Holiday needs please contact the Police Station 978-794-5900 ext 500.

No more than four domestic pets, including dogs, cats, birds, and other similar domesticated animals shall be permitted on any one lot.





6.04.040 - Registration and licenses.

The requirements for the registration and licensing of dogs within the city limits shall be as provided in section 137 of chapter 140 of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

A. Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having custody of any dog over three months of age within this city must obtain a license as provided in this chapter.

B. Application for licenses shall be made to the licensing authority, which shall include the name and address of the applicant, description of the animal and the appropriate fee.

C. If not revoked, licenses for the keeping of dogs shall be for a period of one year. The licensing period shall begin April 1 and shall run for one year. Reapplication for a license may be made 30 days prior to and up to 30 days after April 1.

D. Application for a license must be made within 30 days after obtaining a dog over three months of age. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a dog within the city for less than 60 days.

E. Upon acceptance of the application and license fee, the licensing authority shall issue a durable tag or identification collar stamped with an identifying number and year of issuance. The tags should be designed so that they may be conveniently fastened or riveted to the animal's collar or harness.

F. Dogs must wear identification tags at all times.

G. The licensing authority shall maintain records of the identifying numbers of all tags issued, and shall make this record available to the public.

H. Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within the time period specified in this chapter will be fined $50.00. Each day said violation continues shall be deemed to be a separate offense.

I. A license shall be issued after payment of the applicable fee:

1. For each unneutered male dog .....$50.00

2. For each neutered male dog .....15.00

3. For each unspayed female dog .....50.00

4. For each spayed female dog .....15.00

J. A duplicate license may be obtained upon payment of a $2.00 replacement fee.

K. No person may use [a] license for any dog other than for the dog for which it was issued.

L. No person shall keep or control more than three dogs on a single premises.