Animal Control

Regional Animal Control Officer

Phyllis Tower serves as the Animal Control Officer and Animal Inspector for the towns of Boxborough, Stow and Littleton.

For emergency and/or immediate response from the Animal Control Officer, call the Public Safety Dispatch center at 978-264-1750. For non emergencies you may also use our Animal Control Contact Form.


The Animal Control Officer provides domestic animal control services to the community. The Animal Control Officer enforces Town By-Laws as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts animal control laws under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 140 Section 136A through 177. The Animal Control Officer responds to citizen requests for services regarding:

  • Animal bites
  • Barking or dangerous dogs
  • Injured animals
  • Loose animals
  • Other requests for service

Bites & Scratches

You must contact the Animal Inspector if you are bitten or scratched by an animal resulting in a break in the skin, if your pet bites or scratches someone else causing a break in the skin, or if your pet is bitten or scratched by another animal.


To submit a complaint regarding a vicious or barking dog, please submit our Dog Complaint Form (PDF).