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Topics Forms & Documents Links
- Contact info - Pet Waste article - Outside resources
- Functions - Dog Complaint form  
- Laws & Licensing - Dog Registration form  
- Pet Lost & Found    
- Rabies Clinic     



Emergency calls at all times 9-1-1

Business hours non-emergency calls
ACO Michael Sendrowski (508) 210-5649

After hours non-emergency calls
HPD Business Line (508) 210 5600 option 1



The Health Agent for the Town of Holden reminds residents to refrain from depositing pet waste in storm drains, whether the waste is bagged or not. Please bring it home with you for proper disposal.

>> Click here to read an article about this public health hazard.

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The Holden Police Department employs one full-time Animal Control Officer and one part-time Animal Control Officer.

  • Animal Control deals primarily with:
    • problem domestic animals (dogs, cats, etc.)
    • wild animal issues
    • enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Town of Holden bylaws that pertain to animal control and licensing
    • referrals to the appropriate agency or private company when issues are beyond their capability or jurisdiction


Holden pet owners must follow Massachusetts state laws and Town of Holden bylaws regarding the licensing and vaccination of their pets. In summary, the following rules apply:


  • All dogs and cats must have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and other shots as required by law


  • All dogs must be licensed yearly
  • Cats do not require licensing or registration
  • >> Click here to open the mail-in dog registration form


Leashing (Town ByLaw)

  • Holden has a 24-hour leash law for dogs
  • Your dog must be leashed at all times in all public places and on public ways
  • When on private property, your animals must be confined to those premises.

State Laws

  • Laws regarding dog licensing, etc. are in MGL Chapter 140, Sections 136A-175

Dog Waste

  • As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to dispose of waste correctly
  •  >> Click here to read about owner responsibility and some issues surrounding dog waste in the Wachusett area 


Nuisance Barking and/or Vicious Dog

  • Laws regarding nuisance barking and vicious dogs are in MGL Chapter 140, Section 157
  • Nuisance barking and/or vicious dog complaints may be filed by completing a complaint form and submitting it to the Animal Control Officer. 
  • >> Click here to access the dog complaint form.


If you have lost your pet or found someone else's, please report it by calling the HPD Business Line at 508-210-5600 and use option 1. We keep a running list of reported losses and discoveries so hopefully we can make a match and reunite pet and owner.

Information to have available when you call, if possible:

  • Type of animal, breed, gender, age
  • Description (color, size, breed, injuries, markings)
  • Date and location when found/last seen
  • Collar description
  • Tag description, numbers, etc.
  • Behavior / warnings (friendly, agressive, etc.)



Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife  508-835-3607 Public agency - wildlife info of all kinds
Critter Control 508-757-4751  Private company for critter removal
Jeff Zottoli (no website) 508-829-7093 Private company for critter removal
Fords Hometown Services 508-852-4066 Private company for critter removal
Town of Holden Health Agent 508-210-5542 Human health issues
Town of Holden Town Clerk 508-210-5530  Dog licensing
Mass. Environmental Police 800-632-8075 Wildlife law enforcement
MSPCA 617-522-6008 Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
HSUS      202-452-1100 Humane Society of the United States
Second Chance Fund  978-779-8287  "Quick Fix" clinics - spay/neuter and vaccinations
Worcester Animal Rescue League  508-853-0030 Non-profit shelter
Holden Veterinary Clinic 508-829-6368 Local veterinarian
Mt Wachusett Veterinary Hospital  508-829-0419 Local veterinarian


Holden Animal Control sponsors an annual rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats. The date varies from year to year but is generally held in April. Information will be posted here when a date is scheduled.

NOTE: There will be no Rabies Clinic in 2017

Can't wait? Try the Worcester Animal Rescue League 
>> Click here to link to the WARL website.