Animal Control

This department handles animal issues pertaining to stray / loose / nuisance dogs, dog bites, loose livestock, rabid animals, and other animal complaints. The department also conducts animal and barn inspections in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws. Animal Control Officers are on-call only and can be reached through the Rochester Police Department.

The department does not handle problem wildlife such as raccoons in chimneys, woodchucks in gardens, or wildlife inside your home. Please refer those calls to Exterminators or Problem Animal Control Agents that can be found in the yellow pages of your phone book.


The current year dog licenses are in. This is a reminder that it is time to come in and license your dog. The fee is $7.00 for a neutered or spayed pet, or $10.00 for an un-neutered or un-spayed pet.

All dogs must be licensed by July 1. Any dogs unlicensed after July 1 will be charged a late fee of $25.00 per dog. Owners may also be subject to legal action for failure to license dogs.

You can print this online form and send it to the Town Hall (either by mail to 1 Constitution Way or by leaving it in the drop box next to the town hall front stairs) with a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your check, payable to the Town of Rochester, and the license will be mailed to you.



Department Head

Anne Estabrook

Animal Control Officer