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485 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
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June is Turtle egg laying season.

     Turtles will spend a day climbing up away from water.  Since they are caring their home on their back they need to stop and rest along the way.  When they stop while crossing a roadway I make sure to use emergency lights and stay safe from other cars.  I then use a shovel to push them from behind, always moving them in the direction they were headed.  Some people pick them up and bring them back to water.  This only means they have to start the journey across the road again.
   Once they find a sandy spot they will dig a hole, lay the eggs, cover them back up and start the journey back to the water.
   So if  you see one in your yard, especially a large snapper turtle, just keep the kids and pets away.  It will most likely finish laying the eggs and be on its way home by the next day.
   I often get calls of turtles crossing roads near water ways such as; Rt 9 near Morses Pond, Rosemary Brook or Abbott Pond.   They also cross on Brook St. and Wellesley Ave near the country club.  Hundreds Cir near RockRidge Pond is also a place many turtles wander out on the road.  The Farms Railroad pond and Wrights Pond has annual migration of turtles.  Even busy Great Plain Ave near the RDF sees turtles crossing.  There are other bodies of water and streams that also have turtles so slow down and try to avoid hitting them, but be sure you are safe first.


Your local animal control professional is:

A.C.O. Sue Webb

Welcome to the Wellesley Animal Control Page. The Animal Control Officer is the local animal care and control professional. This person helps the public deal with problems caused by animals. This person also works with other local agencies, such as social services and law enforcement, to protect all members of families, both two-legged and four-legged.

Long gone are the term "dogcatcher" and the image of a man with a butterfly net.  Animal care and control professionals now perform a variety of services that help animals as well as people: rescuing injured animals, controlling stray and potentially dangerous animals roaming at large, and bringing lost pets to an animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them.

The Animal Control Officer works to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals.  This person has different job titles in different communities - animal control officer, animal services officer, humane officer, humane investigator, animal warden - but is the one who responds to calls about neglected or lost animals, and often the first person to provide comfort and compassion to animals in need.

Here are a few ways you can help your local animal control program help people and animals:

Provide for your pet's safety.  Keep a collar and identification tags on your pet at all times and ensure that your pet is always properly supervised or safely confined when you're not home.   Spay or neuter you pet and keep him or her current on all necessary vaccinations, especially the vaccination for rabies
Encourage local government officials to support the animal control program: it is one of our community's life-saving services.  Urge officials to take crimes against animals seriously and to advance pro-animal legislation.  Support efforts to enact and enforce pro-animal ordinances.
Support your local animal control program.  We need funds to serve the community effectively, to train and equip our staff, and to secure vehicles to transport animals safely and comfortably.  We can't fulfill our mission without your help.

Wellesley, MA is a suburb of Boston, with approximately 26,000 residents.  Also residing in Wellesley are over 2700 dogs, 3000+ cats, as well as ferrets, rabbits, goats, horses, cows, sheep and reptiles.  The purpose of this page is to inform residents of their responsibilities as pet owners, as well as to  educate the general public about the local wildlife.  We hope for this page to become a valuable resource for all residents of Wellesley.  If you have a specific question that is not answered within these pages, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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