Pet licensing data for Cambridge

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Cambridge Animal Commission of Cambridge, MA.


From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

All the pet licensing data, including breed, owner address, and animal names for Cambridge.

I agree to pay reasonable search and duplication fees for the processing of this request in an amount not to exceed $5.

In the event that fees do exceed $5, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, via e-mail attachment or CD-ROM.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy
Filed via
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: Health Department of Cambridge


Could you please follow up on this request. We would only be able to offer a copy on a CD-ROM.

Thank you,

From: Michael Morisy

Picked up 2 CDs and paid $15.75 fee, but they contained named and addresses of owners, not information on dog names.

From: Michael Morisy

Hi Christina,

Thank you so much for your quick and friendly help with my request! I had a chance to look through the data and really appreciate your help.

Unfortunately, I was actually more interested in the dog names rather than people names: The data was going to be for a story on popular names and popular parts of Cambridge where people have dogs, rather than for use marketing.

Is this data stored electronically as well?

Again, thank you so much for your help, and I apologize for the confusion caused by my request.

Thanks again,


From: Health Department of Cambridge

Hi. This is Officer Correia with the animal control in Cambridge calling you because the fees do exceed $5 for the information you requested that would be $15.75. You would receive the information regarding all the licensed and on the license dog in our database in the City of Cambridge, including breed address, And names on. They would be available to you by C. D. only which you could either have mailed to you. Or pick up here at our office. Please give me a call back and let me know if you would do still like this is since the fees do exceed $5. At (617) 349-4376 or you can contact me at BC. O R R E. I. A. At, Cambridge, MA, dot again that C Correia at Cambridge M A Dot COM or (617) 349-4376 and I will go ahead and get that moving for you. Thank you. Bye.

From: Health Department of Cambridge

From: Cambridge Animal Commission

Via phone, spoke with Christina at Cambridge Animal Commission who indicated that Cambridge does not keep dog names in database.