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.



Our spring rabies vaccination and microchipping clinic will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, from 9am to noon at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road (Route 1 South) in Salisbury– note new location!! Look for the Catmobile in the parking lot (*but note that the clinic is inside the senior center, not on the Catmobile). Rabies vaccines for cats or dogs are $5. Three-year vaccines will be given with proper proof of previous vaccination. Home Again microchips are $20, including lifetime registration and one-year premium membership. Clinics are first come, first served. All dogs must be on leashes, all cats must be in sturdy carriers. For more information, email or call 978-462-0760.