Our animal control officer enforces both state laws and town ordinances with regard to domesticated animal matters, issuing warnings and summonses, and preparing court cases when necessary. Her responsibilities include ensuring all dogs are licensed and all dogs and cats are current on their rabies vaccine.
Common complaints are dogs running at large, nuisance barking, dog bites, and lost/found or sick animals. Less commonly, she is sometimes called to assist with loose farm animals. In the images below, ACO Brown catching some loose pigs.
The ACO's role with wildlife is limited, but she responds to calls of suspected rabies and is willing to discuss a nuisance animal problem with residents and make referrals to the Maine Warden Service or an animal damage control agent when appropriate.
The Towns of Brunswick and Freeport share the animal control officer position.
For more information on rabies, please visit www.maine.gov/dhhs/rabies. Additionally, a rabies prevention video is available through Maine CDC’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/QIW15-vywxA.