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Harbormaster Reminders

Posted on: January 31, 2023

Animal Control - Dogs on Beaches


Dogs on Beaches

We wish to remind all dog owners of the following by-laws governing dogs in Falmouth:


83-19 Restraining of dogs required:

In accordance with the provisions of MGL C. 140, §§ 173 and 173A, all dogs shall be restrained from running at large, unless said dogs are leashed and accompanied by the owner or keeper or a person authorized by said owner or keeper. 

83-20.1 Disposal of animal waste:

No person owning or having the care, custody or control of any animal shall permit such animal to soil or defile or deposit waste upon any sidewalk, street, thoroughfare, beach or wetland, in or upon any public property including parks, schoolgrounds and playgrounds or in or upon the property of persons other than the owner of persons having the care, custody or control of such animal, unless said person picks up any such waste and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner. 


87-4 Dogs

No dogs or other animals shall be brought upon any of said public beaches nor permitted thereon between May 1 and October 1.

Please contact Animal Control with any questions or to report violations at 508-457-2550,, or the police non-emergency at 508-457-2527.

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