Animal Control

Regional Animal Control Officer

Phyllis Tower serves as the Animal Control Officer for the towns of Boxborough, Stow and Littleton. She is the Assistant Animal Inspector for the town of Boxborough and is the Animal Inspector for 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, the Animal Control Officer’s direct line is 978-264-1763, or 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.

Donald Morse is the Animal Inspector for the town of Boxborough. He may be reached via the Public Safety Dispatch Center at 978-264-1750.


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