Duties & Responsibilities include:
Each municipality is required to appoint an Animal Control Officer (ACO) to enforce local and state animal welfare laws. The Animal Control Officer is responsible for the enforcement of the state and municipal animal welfare laws. Although the ACO’s duties are limited to domesticated animals, the ACO also responds to calls involving wildlife when rabies is a concern
Stray Companion Animals
The Town of Buxton contracts with the Animal Refuge League (ARL) at 449 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook Maine to receive stray companion animals. A $35 kennel fee is charged with a subsequent $20 fee per day for dogs and $10.00 per day fee for cats will be charged to owners when retrieving animals. The Town of Buxton charges an additional impound fee of $35 for 1st offence dogs and $50 for second offence dogs. Cats are charged an impound fee of $20 first offence
and $35 second offence.
The State of Maine requires all dogs 6 months and older or at a residence 10 days or longer to be licensed. Licensing ensures that each dog has a record of rabies vaccination.
When: Each dog must be licensed by January 1st of each year and all dog licenses expire on December 31st each year.
Where: You may license your dog at the Town Office beginning October 15th of each calendar year or renew online here.
How: In order to obtain a license for your dog, the owner must present a current rabies certificate obtained from a licensed veterinarian. To receive the discounted licensing fee, you will also need to bring in written proof from your veterinarian that your dog is spayed or neutered. A discounted fee for that particular dog will be given thereafter.
Cost: $6.00 per year if spayed or neutered
$11.00 per year if not spayed or neutered
There will be a late fee of $25.00 charged for any dog licensed after January 31st Failure to license your dog is considered a civil violation and you will be subject to a court summons and fine of up to $100.
Animal cruelty has many faces and can only be stopped if you report it. If you suspect abuse, neglect, inhumane living conditions or inadequate shelter, please contact the Buxton Police Department at 929-6612