Animal Health & Safety

The Northampton Health Department works with the Animal Control Officer at the Police Department to investigate rabies reports and to make sure that animals are quarantined when necessary.

State & Local Regulations
City Ordinances
  • City Ordinance, Section 5-18 requires that all dogs be leashed and prohibits them from running free on the property of others without permission.
  • City Ordinance, Section 5-22 requires that those who own or control dogs on public property clean up and dispose of any droppings left by their pets.
Additional Resources
  • Bats and rabies
  • City of Northampton Animal Control Officer
  • Pet safety
  • West Nile Virus fact sheet