Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer (ACO) performs administration, labor, inspection and technical work in the enforcement and interpretation of applicable state codes and local by-laws, as theyShadow of Animal Control Officer with Dog relate to the control and regulation of animals within the Town of Dracut. Such work includes, among other duties, investigating animal mistreatment, controlling abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals and educating the public. The ACO performs labor, technical and inspectional services to assure that the Town will be free from animals-at-large creating hazards of public health, public safety, or public order. Many of these duties require the officer be out of the office frequently.  

Contacting Animal Control

To reach the ACO, please call 978-459-0691 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 Dracut Police at 978-957-2123 and the ACO will be notified.

Emergency Contact

There is also an ACO on call for emergencies after regular hours and on weekends. This officer can be reached by calling the Dracut Police at 978-957-2123 and speaking with the dispatcher. Please be advised that we are unable to respond to anonymous calls.

Dog waste is a threat to our public water supply, degrades our town and transmits disease. Leash, curb and clean up after your dog – it is required by law. Failure to clean up after your dog falls under the public nuisance section of the town by-laws pertaining to dogs. Fines for violations are as follows:

1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: $50
3rd and Subsequent Offenses: $100