Animal Control

A Division of the Milford Police Department

On call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

After hour calls can be made to the police non-emergency line.


All visitors should enter through Silver Sands State Park in order to reach our facility at 1 Silver Sands Parkway

Animal Control only accepts CASH (No Bills Larger then $20), BANK CHECKS, & MONEY ORDERS. We DO NOT accept personal checks or debit/credit cards.

Milford Animal Control is a Division of the Milford Police Department that services Milford and the Town of Orange. Milford Animal Control is responsible for enforcing State Laws and City Ordinances regarding animals. We service the public by investigating animal bites, dog complaints, and humanely capturing stray/roaming dogs. We also enforce leash laws, license laws and rabies vaccination laws on dogs and cats.

Milford leash law, city Ordinance 4-25 requires all dogs to be leashed when off their owners property. 

Milford city ordinance 9-9 (AKA Pooper Scooper law) requires owners to clean up after their dogs. 

No pets are allowed on Milford Beaches at any time of the year.

All dogs and cats (regardless if they are indoor or outdoor) are required to have an up to date rabies vaccine administered by a trained professional. 

There are no laws regarding roaming or stray cats. If you find a cat you think may be owned, we will take a listing of a found cat. If you lost your cat we will take a lost cat listing, in case someone found your missing cat.  We do not take stray cats, an exception is a sick/injured cat that requires vet attention. We will take the cat to a vet and the vet will make a determination on the most humane course of treatment. If the cat is determined to be fine it will be released back where it was found.



Donations of Dog and Cat food are always appreciated, as are donations of blankets, towels, dog and cat treats, dog toys and cat toys.  We also accept dog crates, pet carriers, and pet related products.

Donations can be dropped off at Animal Control during Office Hours. Donations by check may be made out to Milford Animal Control and mailed to:

Milford Animal Control 664 East Broadway Milford, CT 06460


Rabies Testing

As of July 1, 2016 the state lab will no longer be testing domestic animals exposed to wildlife.


If your companion animal has been exposed to wildlife,  State protocols can result in a variety of necessary steps or quarantining of your animal.  These are outlined under the State of Connecticut, “Rabies Management of dogs, cats, and ferrets exposed to wildlife”.  All quarantines are at the owner’s expense.


Should you wish the wildlife tested, the only availability to have it tested is the UConn lab at 61 North Eagleville Rd unit 3089 Storrs CT.  It will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements such as transport and payments to UConn, should you choose to have it tested.  If you choose not to have the wildlife tested we will treat the contact as a suspect rabid animal. 


We advise contacting your veterinarian to see about transporting the animal to the UConn Lab and cost of transport.  Should you choose to transport it yourself, take all necessary steps to avoid coming into contact with the animal.  We advise wearing gloves and using a shovel to bag the animal.


In order for the animal to be tested the brain must be intact.  Keep the animal chilled but not frozen so as to hamper decomposition.


Staff Contacts

Name Title
Scott Ellingson Animal Control Officer
Dan Fiore Assistant Animal Control Officer
Marc Ruby Assistant Animal Control Officer/Kennel Keeper
Gary Farrar Jr. Office Administrator
Shelley Steeves Records Clerk