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7 § 3919-C. Animal held pending court decision

When an animal shelter holds an animal at the request or with the approval of the department pending an investigation or disposition by the court of an alleged violation of chapter 739 or Title 17, chapter 42, the shelter is entitled to receive from the department monetary compensation in accordance with this section for the period for which food and shelter are furnished to the animal. [2007, c. 439, §11 (AMD).]

1. Compensation for dogs and cats.  Compensation for a dog or cat is $5 a day. Compensation for a female cat or dog with a litter that has not been weaned is $8 a day. [ 2007, c. 439, §11 (NEW) .]
2. Equines.  Compensation for an equine is $10 a day. [ 2007, c. 439, §11 (NEW) .]
3. Livestock.  Except for equines, fowl and rabbits, compensation for a livestock animal is between $5 and $8 a day as determined by the department based on the size of the animal. [ 2007, c. 439, §11 (NEW) .]
4. Other animals.  Compensation for a rabbit is $2 a day. Compensation for a bird, including poultry, is $1 a day. Compensation for other animals is as determined by the department. [ 2007, c. 439, §11 (NEW) .]

7 § 3919-D. Temporary animal shelter

The department may temporarily impound animals within an enclosure other than a licensed animal shelter, and such an enclosure constitutes a temporary animal shelter. When animals are held at a temporary animal shelter for more than 21 days, the shelter must comply with the standards established by the department for licensed animal shelters. [2007, c. 702, §7 (NEW).]
Chapter 721:


PL 1987, C. 383, §3 (NEW)

7 § 3921. License necessary

A dog may not be kept within the limits of the State, unless the dog has been licensed by its owner or keeper in accordance with the laws of this State. [1997, c. 690, §13 (AMD).]

Any law enforcement agency within the State, counties or municipalities owning dogs for law enforcement purposes shall be required to license the dogs in the municipality in which they are domiciled, but shall be exempt from any license or recording fee, provided that all other licensing requirements are fulfilled. [1987, c. 383, §3 (NEW).]

7 § 3921-A.Permanent identification of wolf hybrids

The commissioner shall adopt rules to establish methods of identifying wolf hybrids through tattooing, the placement of a microchip under the animal's skin or any other method determined by the commissioner as adequately providing a permanent means of identification on the body of the animal. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. A person may not own or keep a wolf hybrid under section 3921-B, subsection 2 or under Title 12, section 12152 unless the animal has identification in compliance with the rules adopted under this section.

7 § 3921-B. Prohibition on keeping a wolf hybrid; exception


1Prohibition. Except as provided in subsection 2, a person may not keep a wolf hybrid in the State unless that person holds a valid permit to possess wildlife in captivity issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife under Title 12, section 12152.


2Exception. A person keeping a wolf hybrid as a pet and in compliance with all applicable provisions in this Part on June 1, 2011 may continue to keep that wolf hybrid as long as the following conditions are met:


A. The wolf hybrid has been spayed or neutered; and


B. The owner continues to license the wolf hybrid in accordance with section 3922, subsection 3-B.


3Restrictions on transfer. A person keeping a wolf hybrid under subsection 2 may transfer ownership of the wolf hybrid to a person:


A. Holding a permit to possess wildlife under Title 12, section 12152 and authorized to accept wolf hybrids in compliance with rules adopted under Title 12, section 12160, subsection 2;


B. Who operates an animal refuge in another state that is licensed to accept wolf hybrids; or


C. Who has had direct contact with the wolf hybrid, is familiar with the wolf hybrid's behavior and has been advised of the reporting requirement under subsection 4 and licensing laws under section 3922.


A person transferring ownership of a wolf hybrid under this subsection shall within 10 days of the transfer notify the department and provide the name and address of the person accepting the transfer.


4Duty to report death. The owner of a wolf hybrid kept under subsection 2 shall notify the department of the wolf hybrid's death on a form prescribed by the department within 30 days of the wolf hybrid's death.


5Violation. A person who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of $2,500 may be adjudged.

7 § 3922. Issuance of license

1. License; January 1st.  Each owner or keeper of a dog at the age of 6 months or more, on or before January lst of each year, shall obtain a license:
A. From the clerk of the municipality where the dog is kept; [2001, c. 422, §6 (AMD).]
B. From the dog recorder in the unorganized territory where the dog is kept or, in the absence of a duly authorized dog recorder, from a dog recorder in the nearest municipality or unorganized territory in the same county where the dog is kept; [2003, c. 405, §10 (AMD).]
C. From a veterinary licensing agent in accordance with section 3923-F; or [2003, c. 405, §11 (AMD).]
D. From the department using the Internet in accordance with section 3923-G. [2003, c. 405, §12 (NEW).]
2. License; after January 1st.  The owner or keeper, within 10 days of the conditions of paragraph A or B being met, shall obtain a license, if between January lst and October 15th of any year:
A. A dog reaches the age of 6 months or more; or [1997, c. 690, §14 (AMD).]
B. A person becomes the owner or keeper of a dog aged 6 months or more. [1997, c. 690, §14 (AMD).]
3. Proof of immunization.  A municipal clerk may not issue a license for a dog until the applicant has filed with the clerk proof that the dog has been immunized against rabies in accordance with rules adopted by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, except that the requirement of immunization may be waived by the clerk under conditions set forth by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services.
The commissioner shall adopt rules that allow the clerk and the commissioner to accept valid proof of immunization against rabies provided by another state.

[ 2007, c. 439, §12 (AMD) .]

3-A. Exception to immunization requirement for wolf hybrids. 

[ 2007, c. 439, §13 (RP) .]

3-B. Proof of permanent identification and other restrictions on licensing a wolf hybrid.   A municipal clerk may not issue a license for a wolf hybrid until the applicant has filed with the clerk proof that.


A. The wolf hybrid has been permanently identified in accordance with section 3921-A;


B. The wolf hybrid has been spayed or neutered; and


C. The wolf hybrid was licensed in this State in 2011 by:


(1) June 1, 2011 if the wolf hybrid was 6 months old or older on June 1, 2011; or


(2) December 31, 2011 if the wolf hybrid was less than 6 months old on June 1, 2011.

4. Service dogs.  If a service dog has not been previously registered or licensed by the municipal clerk to whom the application is being made, the clerk may not register the dog nor issue to its owner or keeper a license and tag that identifies the dog as a service dog unless the applicant presents written evidence to the municipal clerk that the dog meets the definition of "service dog." For the purpose of this subsection "written evidence" means a service dog certification form approved by the department in consultation with the Maine Human Rights Commission. [ 2007, c. 664, §11 (AMD) .]
5. Form of license.  The license must state the breed, sex, color and markings of the dog, whether the animal is a dog or wolf hybrid and the name and address of the owner or keeper. If the person applying for a license declares that the dog is a wolf hybrid, the license must state that the dog is a wolf hybrid. The license must be issued in triplicate and the original must be given to the applicant and the remaining 2 copies must be retained by the municipal clerk or dog recorder. [ 1997, c. 704, §9 (AMD) .]
6. Designation of wolf hybrid.  An owner or keeper of a dog declared as a wolf hybrid may not change the license designation. A dog that has been declared a wolf hybrid must be treated as a wolf hybrid in accordance with Title 22, chapter 251, subchapter 5. The procedure prescribed under Title 22, chapter 251, subchapter 5 for a wolf hybrid suspected of having rabies does not change based on proof that the wolf hybrid has received a rabies vaccination. [ 2007, c. 439, §14 (AMD) .]
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