Animal Control

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Animal Control Officer –
Telephone: 978-538-6340
Fax: 978-532-5950

The services provided by Peabody Animal Control include; handling stray dogs, neighborhood nuisance problems, rabies concerns, and injured animals. The policy of the Animal Control Department is to respond to calls for injured animals regardless of the species. Injured animals are brought to the closest veterinarian to handle the call if there is no owner present. A stray animal is held at the holding facility for 10 days. After 10 days, if the owner has not come forward the animal will be put up for adoption.

Laws and Fines

All dogs must be restrained on a leash of not more than 6 feet There is a civil penalty of $25.00 for the first offense, $50.00 for the second offense, and $50.00 for each offense after the first if within a year of the last fine issued. The Barking Dog Law and the Pooper Scooper Law also have a fine schedule the same as the leash law offense. There is also a $50.00 fine for not vaccinating your pet against rabies.

Dog Licensing

All dogs must be licensed within six months of age and yearly thereafter through the City Clerks Office.


spay female / neutered male – $10.00
female / male – $20.00

Important Information

If your pet is lost, it is recommended that you provide a description to your local Animal Control Officer, City Facilities, and local veterinarians as well as those in surrounding communities.

Rabies concerns may also be referred to the Board of Health.

During off hours, nights, and weekends please contact the Peabody Police Department or the Department of Public Works for deceased animals: 978-538-6300.

Animal Control Department Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

NOTE: Our animal control officers DO NOT  handle unwanted wildlife such as raccoons, deer or coyotes etc.