Animal Control

Westerly Animal Control is part of the Westerly Police Department and is responsible for enforcing Town ordinances as well as State and Federal laws pertaining to animals and animal husbandry. The Westerly Animal Control Officer is under the direct supervision of the Captain of the Police Department.

Westerly Animal Control is also responsible for properly carrying out the rules and regulations pertaining to the Rhode Island Rabies Management Protocol as well as conducting vicious dog hearings, controlling the feral cat population and speaking to groups, neighborhood associations and school children regarding humane education.

Primary goals for Animal Control is to educate Westerly citizens on proper pet guardianship, rabies awareness, co-existing with area wildlife and effective enforcement by means of example, meaningful dialogue or by more serious measures through animal impoundment, citations/summons and municipal or district court.

As always, please leash, license, vaccinate and spay or neuter your pet and NEVER leave your pet in an unattended vehicle on days that could compromise your animal’s health.

The Animal Control Officer can be reached at 401-348-6115 at police headquarters located at 60 Airport Road or at 401-348-2558 at the animal shelter located at 33 Larry Hirsch Ln. In an emergency where a response is needed ASAP, call the Westerly Police Department at 401-596-2022. For wildlife concerns please call the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management division of enforcement at 401-222-3070



  1. Arthur Smith

    Animal Control Officer
    Phone: 401-348-2558

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