Section 20 - Licensing and Control of Dogs
Section 20  Licensing and Control of Dogs

Section 20.01  Definitions
Section 20.02  License Required
Section 20.03  Running at Large
Section 20.04  Bitch in Heat
Section 20.05  Impoundment
Section 20.06  Number of Dogs Limited
Section 20.07  Barking or Howling Dogs
Section 20.08  Dangerous Dogs
Section 20.09  Disposition of Dogs which have Bitten Persons
Section 20.10  Rabies
Section 20.11  When Dogs May Be Killed
Section 20.12  Enforcement


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Section 20.01  Definitions
As used in this ordinance, unless the context otherwise indicates:

"At Large" shall mean off the premises of the owner of a dog or his duly authorized agent and not in immediate control of the owner or his authorized agent, either on a leash or under voice command control.
"Dog" shall be intended to mean both male and female.
"Owner" shall be intended to mean any person or persons, firm, association or corporation owning, keeping or harboring a dog.

Section 20.02  License Required
20.02.01 Fees
Each owner or keeper of a dog at the age of 6 months or over, except dogs kept under a kennel license, shall on or before January 1, annually or at such time as such dog becomes 6 months old, cause such dog to be licensed in the Town Clerk's office. The Town Clerk shall not issue a license for any dog until the applicant has filed with said Clerk proof that such dog has been immunized against rabies in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Human Services, provided that the requirement of immunization may be waived by such clerk under conditions set forth by the Commissioner of Human Services. A fee of $2.00 shall be paid to the Town Clerk for each license issued for a neutered male and spayed female dog and a fee of $5.50 shall be paid for all female dogs capable of producing young. All dogs shall be considered capable of producing young unless accompanied by a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian stating that such dog was made incapable of producing young by spaying or neutered by him , when such certificate accompanies the application, a fee of $2.00 shall then be paid on such spayed female. In addition to the amount paid for license and tag, each applicant shall pay the Town Clerk $1.00 for recording and making a return to the Commissioner of Agriculture, except that a license and tag shall be issued by the Town Clerk, upon application, for any trained guide dog owned or kept by a blind person, without payment of any fee required under this section. When any such dog has not been previously registered or licensed by the Town Clerk, to whom such application is being made, such Town Clerk shall not register such dog nor issue to the owner or keeper, a license and tag therefor, unless written evidence shall be exhibited to him that the dog is trained and educated and intended in fact to perform such guide service for such applicant. Any person becoming the owner or keeper of a dog after the first of January, not duly licensed as required, shall, within 10 days after he becomes the owner or keeper of said dog, cause such dog to be described and licensed as provided.

20.02.02 Recording
Such license shall be made in triplicate, the original shall be mailed to the Commissioner of Agriculture, one copy given to the person applying for the license and one copy retained by the Town Clerk.

20.02.03 Tag and Collar Required
A suitable tag showing the year such license is issued and bearing such other data as the Commissioner of Agriculture may prescribe shall be given with each license and must be securely attached to a leather or metal collar which must be worn at all times by the dog for which the license was issued and it shall be unlawful for any person top remove such tag or to place either collar or tag on any dog not described or for which the license was not issued.

Section 20.03  Running at Large
No person shall cause or permit any dog owned or kept by him to run at large within the Town. Dogs while on any premises other then those of the owner or while on any public way or place shall be under the restraint, within the meaning of this ordinance, if he is controlled by a leash, or at 'heel', beside a competent person and obedient to that persons commands or on or within a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets, or within the property limits of its owner or keeper. nothing in this ordinance shall be held to require the leashing of any dog while on private premises of the owner. A leash shall not be more then 8 feet long.

Section 20.04  Bitch in Heat
The owner of any bitch in heat shall keep the same confined or on a leash at all times and shall not permit such dog to be at large within the Town or on any premises other then those of the owner. Every bitch found running at large in violation hereof, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and shall be impounded and the owner, keeper or person harboring such bitch shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 20.05  Impoundment
20.05.01 Procedure
Unlicensed dogs or dogs found running at large, shall be taken up and impounded in the shelter designated by the Town as the Town Animal Shelter, and there confined in a humane manner for a period of not less than ten (10) days; and may thereafter be disposed of in a humane manner if not claim by their owner.

The Town or its duly authorized agent may transfer title of all animals held by it at its Animal Shelter after the legal detention period has expired, and the animal has not been claimed by its owner.

When dogs are found running at large, and their ownership is known, such dogs need not be impounded, but the Town through its duly authorized agents may, at its discretion, cite the owners of such dogs to appear in court to answer charges of violation of this ordinance.

The owner shall be entitled to resume possession of any impounded dog upon compliance with the license provisions of Section 20.02 of this ordinance and the payment of impoundment fees as set forth herein. Any other animal impounded under the provisions of this ordinance may be reclaimed by the owner upon payment of the impoundment fees as set forth herein.

Any animal impounded under the provisions of this ordinance and not reclaimed by its owner within 10 days, may be humanely destroyed or placed in the custody of some person deemed to be a responsible and suitable owner, who will agree to comply with the provisions of this ordinance.

20.05.02 Fees
Any animal impounded hereunder may be reclaimed as herein provided upon payment by the owner of the following fees: Impoundment fee of $5.00 for each animal, except that upon the second impoundment the fee shall be $15.00 and upon the third and all subsequent impoundments of the same animal the fee shall be $25.00, plus board in the amount of $4.50 per day for each dog, and the price of any shots which the dog may have received while impounded.

Section 20.06  Number of Dogs Limited
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to keep or harbor within the Town more then three dogs over six months old on April 1 or about any premises, house, barn or other building, or in or about all buildings on any premises occupied by any one family, and the keeping or harboring of dogs as aforesaid is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

The payment of a license or licenses on dogs shall not be construed to allow the keeping of more then three dogs, as aforesaid, on any one premises.

This limitation shall not apply to any person, group of persons or corporation engaged in the commercial business of breeding, buying, selling or boarding of dogs, or operating a veterinary hospital.

Section 20.07  Barking or Howling Dogs
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog which by loud, frequent, or habitual barking, howling, or yelping shall disturb the peace of any person or persons.

Section 20.08  Dangerous Dogs
A dangerous dog is hereby defined to be a dog which shall cause reasonable fear of bodily injury to any person by attacking or threatening to attack such person. Any such dog is hereby declared to be a nuisance. The owner of any dangerous dog shall keep the same confined in a secure enclosure or on a chain or leash controlled by the owner or his agent at all times and shall not permit such dog to be at large within the Town.

Section 20.09  Disposition of Dogs which have Bitten Persons
It shall be unlawful for the owner or persons keeping, or harboring any dog, when notified that such dog has bitten any person or has so injured any person as to cause abrasion of the skin, to sell or give away such dog or to permit or allow such dog to be taken beyond the limits of the Town, except under the care of a licensed Veterinarian. It shall be the duty of such owner or keeper upon receiving notice of the character aforesaid, to immediately place such dog under confinement for a period of at least 14 days, or to deliver such dog to the Police Department. The Health Officer shall be notified immediately by the person in charge of the death of any dog while under confinement.

A licensed Veterinarian shall investigate all dog bites referred to him by the Police Department or Health Officer.

Any dog which shall have been bitten by another dog having or suspected of having rabies shall be immediately impounded for observation as provided in this section.

It shall be unlawful for the owner or person keeping or harboring any dog when notified that such dog has bitten any person or has so injured any person as to cause abrasion of the skin to destroy such animal without permission from the Police Department.

Section 20.10  Rabies
Upon positive diagnoses of rabies in any dog within the Town, the Chairman of the Council shall proclaim and invoke a town-wide quarantine for a period of thirty days, and upon the invoking of such quarantine, no animal shall be taken into the streets or be permitted to be in the streets, during such period of quarantine.

During such period of rabies quarantine as herein described, every animal bitten by an animal and adjudged to be rabid shall be forthwith destroyed or, at the owners expense and option, be treated for rabies infection by a licensed veterinarian, or held for thirty (30) days under quarantine by the owner in the same manner as other animals are quarantine.

In the event there are additional positive cases of rabies occurring during the period of quarantine, such period of quarantine may be extended by the Chairman of the Council for an additional six (6) months.

The carcass of any dead animal exposed to rabies shall upon demand be surrendered to the Health Officer.

The Health Officer shall direct the disposition of any animal found to be infected with rabies.

No person shall fail or refuse to surrender any animal for quarantine or destruction as required herein when demand is made therefor by the Health Officer.

Section 20.11  When Dogs May Be Killed
If any dangerous, fierce or vicious dog cannot be safely taken up and impounded, such dog may be slain by any policeman or duly authorized animal control officer. In all cases where any dog, which has bitten a person or caused an abrasion of the skin of any person, is slain by a policeman whether by order of the court or otherwise and a period of less than fifteen (15) days has elapsed since the day on which such dog bit any person or caused an abrasion of the skin of any person, it shall be the duty of the policeman slaying such dog to forthwith deliver the carcass and brain to the Chief of Police who shall forward the brain in tact to the Health Officer.

Section 20.12  Enforcement
20.12.01 Penalty
Whoever keeps a dog contrary to the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 to be recovered by complaint before ant District Court in the County where such owner or keeper resides.

20.12.02 Waiving Court Hearing for Violation
Any person accused of keeping a dog in violation of this ordinance or any part thereof may voluntarily waive his/her right to appear and defend before District Court the charge made against him/her for violation of this ordinance by paying to the Town of Veazie the sum of five dollars ($5.00) within thirty (30) days of the time such alleged offense was committed.