Animal control officers (ACOs) have important responsibilities, including dealing with dangerous dogs, responding to reports of stray animals, and enforcing leash law violations. In addition, they often care for and adopt out sheltered animals and many deal with wildlife conflicts. Improved training will increase the professionalism of this important position in our cities and towns. In return, this will provide for better care of Massachusetts animals, increase public safety, and create more uniform and stronger enforcement of the animal control laws.
Section 35WW of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012 mandates that the Fund must “assist with the training of animal control officers consistent with Section 151C of GL Chapter 140.” Section 51 of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012 requires that all animal control officers must be trained within 24 months of the effective date of the act, subject to the availability of funds.
See our ACO Training page for more information.