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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.





Four parvovirus vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Lawrence and Methuen, starting Thursday.

More than 12 dogs have died from the virus recently and the clinics — free for dog owners in Lawrence and Lowell — were scheduled in response to the outbreak.

Parvovirus can be fatal and is highly contagious.

Symptoms of the disease include vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Any dog exhibiting those symptoms should receive immediate veterinary care.

The clinics, funded through the Massachusetts Homeless Animal Fund, are as follows:

MSPCA-Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen: Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

South Common Park, Lawrence, Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon

Central Catholic School, Lawrence, Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.




On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed
120° in a matter of minutes—even with the windows
partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage
or die from heatstroke or suffocation.