The Animal Control Division enforces all laws related to domestic pets, which may include roaming dogs, impoundment of strays, animal adoptions, animal bite investigations, care of injured animals, rabies control, property damage and nuisance caused by dogs, and cruelty investigations. Any questions or concerns related to wildlife such as: damage complaints, sick, injured, orphaned, and human / animal exposures may also be directed to Animal Control. Informational fact sheets are available on indigenous species of wildlife by request.
All impounded animals are checked for microchips, tattoos, and tags. Every impounded animal is advertised in the Lost and Found column of the Waterbury Republican. Connecticut law states all impounded animals need to be held for seven days after advertisement before they are available for adoption.
The Watertown Animal Shelter is located on Old Baird Road. An appointment can be made to view prospective pets by calling 860-945-5200. Pictures of pets available in our Shelter as well as others in the State will be accessible from the following site www.petfinder.org or Click Here. All dogs or cats, unless altered, will be adopted through the Connecticut Animal Population Control Program (APCP). The adoption fee for altered dogs/cats is $5, and unaltered $50. An application is required.