Animal Control Officer, Derek Tocio
Phone #: 978-877-0356
If a resident of the town has a complaint to report, such as a barking dog, or to report an injured animal, please call . Derek can assist with taking stray dogs to the animal shelter, following up on citizen complaints regarding barking dogs, lost dogs, or cases of animal abuse or neglect, responding to calls of injured animals due to an auto accident or other accident, overseeing enforcement of the Town’s Animal Ordinance.
Dog Licensing Procedure & Fees
All dogs 6 months and older must have a license. If you become the owner of a dog 6 months or older, the dog must be licensed by January of each year. In order to obtain a license for your dog, the owner must present a current State of Maine Rabies Certificate obtained from a veterinarian. This certificate will verify that your dog has received its rabies shot. All dog licenses expire December 31 of each year. Renewal of licenses for the following year can be done at the Town Office. Licenses begin selling on October 15th of each year.
Also, bring with you proof if a veterinarian has issued a written certificate stating the dog has been spayed or neutered. If you have already shown proof to the Town Clerk’s Office, then additional proof is not necessary.
- Unaltered Dog $11.00
- Spayed or Neutered Dog $6.00
Per state law, any dog that is not licensed after January 31 will be subject to a $25.00 late fee, in addition to the registration fees. To receive a license for your dog, please come into the Town Office or you can make arrangements to have your license mailed to you, just call or email. Note: Although cats do not require a license, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
Because rabies is a serious problem in the State, Please take the time to protect your pet against this deadly virus. Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet. Citizens should also know that by licensing their dog they are directly fighting animal cruelty and abuse. Most people do not realize that up to 90% of their dog license fees go directly to the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Dog license fees account for 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program’s entire funding and without these fees, the State would be unable to protect the animals of this state.