Animal Control

About Needham Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer performs a variety of animal control duties. The Officer is responsible for:

  • Helping Needham residents deal with problems caused by animals
  • Responding to complaints and concerns of the public with regard to animal disturbances
  • Enforcing town by-laws and state statues relating to animal control
  • Patroling the streets for stray or injured animals ( domestic or wildlife)
  • Providing first aid and rescue operations for injured animals
  • Responding to telephone and radio requests for emergency animal assistance

The Animal Control Officer also provides information to the public regarding the proper way to raise and treat animals, as well as what to do about wild animals.

Dogs at Athletic Fields: Memorial Park & Defazio

Does your child have a soccer game? Or maybe baseball? Please leave your furry friends at home. Dogs are not allowed on these athletic fields. If an owner and dog are found on the fields, they will receive a citation. If you see a resident with their dog, politely remind them of the town by-law. Thanks for the help!


It is illegal in the State of Massachusetts to relocate wildlife. It is also illegal to try and raise a wild animal in your home without a license from the state.