Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer is a civilian member of the Police Department who is responsible for the overall enforcement of the municipal and state animal welfare laws. He responses to calls relating to domesticated animals and has a limited role when handling wild animals. The main concern with the wild animals is rabies protection.

Stray Pets
All stray animals picked up by the Animal Control Officer are taken to the Animal Refuge League (ARL) at 449 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook ME.

Fees
In order for you to retrieve your animal a $15.00 / day fee is charged as well as a administrative fee of $25 for the first offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for three or more offenses. These fees along with other fees many change at anytime, so you should contact the ARL at 207-854-9771 to determine what you will be charged to recover your animal.

Wildlife
Other wildlife problems are handled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A Game Warden can be reached at the telephone number of 207-657-2345

State Laws
Below are some of the animal control laws to provide you with some basic information on the laws the ACO commonly enforces. Because the laws in the State of Maine change on a frequent basis you should consult the Maine Revised Statues Annotated under: TITLE 7: AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS.

Common Animal Welfare Laws

  1. Town of Windham | 8 School Road | Windham, ME 04062