ACO Policies

Town Animal Ordinances

See the attached for details

  • Feeding of raccoons and other wild animals prohibited

  • Removal of dog litter

  • Roaming and nuisance animals

  • Regulation of vicious dogs

June 4, 2019

There have been reports of sightings of a bobcat wearing a tracking collar in Portland.  CT DEEP is aware and tracking her movements.  This particular bobcat is a mom and has babies.  Please do not approach them and do not cause them harm, as she is hunting for to feed her cubs.  Bobcats tend to be shy and avoid humans.

Should you encounter a bobcat, you should keep as much distance between you and the animal as possible.  Protect your children and pets by never leaving them unattended.  When possible, make a lot of noise (banging on pans/pots, blowing an air horn).


Karen Perruccio, Portland Animal Control Officer


Animal Control

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 71

Portland Connecticut

Phone: 860-342-6789

Karen Perruccio                             Lisa Piatti

Animal Control                               Assistant Animal Control

Officer                                             Officer

(Weekdays)                                     (Weekends)

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

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