Contact Infomation


Animal Control Officer:

Ellen Bistany


Mon. – Fri., 9:00am – 5:00pm

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.

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






Public Service Announcement:

Please make sure your dogs have legible tags, well fitting collars, and their chips are registered to you, especially when your dogs are rescued or adopted.

Some times the unexpected happens so be prepared.

Animal Control finds many dogs with no collars, tag, or chips in the city.