Animal Control
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 71
Portland Connecticut

Karen Perruccio
Animal Control Officer
  Jean Cassella
Assistant Animal Control Officer
  Meghan Martel
Assistant Animal Control Officer

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone:  860-342-6789 

Municipal Animal Control Officers are responsible for enforcing all Connecticut animal control laws. Our primary goals are to educate the public, find loving forever-homes for the animals that find their way to our shelter, and maintain a clean and healthy environment at the shelter.

Contacting Portland Animal Control Officers

1.    Routine calls: 860-342-6789

2.    Speaking clearly, leave a message with your:
Name, Telephone number, and Nature of your call

3.    Once they retrieve the message, they will contact you

4.    For emergencies call Central Dispatch at 860-347-2541 to request an ACO

Shelter Information

            Hours of Operation - by appointment only

            List of Adoptable Pets:

            Pet Adoption Form

The Portland Animal Control Shelter is a municipal dog pound that houses dogs from Portland, and Middletown (through lease agreement).  We house only dogs.

Adoption Policy

All animals from our pound are adopted through the State's Animal Population Control Program (APCP). The APC Program pays for two pre-surgical immunizations and for the animal to be spayed or neutered by a participating veterinarian within 60 days of ownership.  It pays up to $100.00 for a male dog/$50.00 for a male cat (neutered); $120.00 for a female dog/$70.00 for female cat (spayed), and $10.00 each for two vaccinations. If the veterinarian bill exceeds those amounts, the adopting party is responsible for payment of the additional charges.

Adoption fee: $50.00 ($45.00 APCP fee + $5.00 fee to the Town of Portland).

If the animal is already spayed or neutered, $5.00 non-refundable adoption fee to the Town.  Out-of-state adopters are not eligible to participate in the APCP program.

Animals impounded by Middletown ACOs within the City of Middletown can only be released by a Middletown ACO.  Please contact them directly for adoption information: 860-638-4030.

Nuisance or Distressed Wildlife

Contact the state for nuisance and/or distressed wildlife at:
Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) - Wildlife Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106

For additional information pertaining to Dogs:
CT Dept of Agricultural - Animal Control Division
165 Capitol Ave - Hartford CT 06106