1. Ownership of dog unknown.  Except as provided in subsection 2, an animal control officer or person acting in that capacity shall seize, impound or restrain a dog found in violation of section 3911 and deliver it to an animal shelter as provided for in section 3913, subsection 2-A. If ownership can not be established, such a dog may be handled as a stray dog for the purpose of acceptance by an animal shelter.
[ 1997, c. 690, §10 (NEW) .]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 7 Sec. 3912

A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1101
  • Dog: means a member of the genus and species known as canis familiaris, except that in chapters 720, 721, 725, 727, 729 and 739 "dog" means a member of the genus and species known as canis familiaris or any canine, regardless of generation, resulting from the interbreeding of a member of canis familiaris with a wolf hybrid. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1101
  • Owner: means a person owning, keeping or harboring a dog or other animal. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1101
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, partnership, association or any other legal entity. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1101
  • Stray: means off the owner's premises and not under the control of a person. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1101
  • 2. Ownership of dog known.  An animal control officer or person acting in that capacity shall seize, impound or restrain a dog found in violation of section 3911 and, if the owner is known, shall:
    A. Take the dog to its owner; or [1999, c. 254, §4 (NEW).]

    B. Deliver it to an animal shelter as provided in section 3913. An animal shelter receiving a dog in accordance with this paragraph shall follow the procedure for stray dogs provided in section 3913. [1999, c. 254, §4 (NEW).]

    [ 1999, c. 254, §4 (RPR) .]

    SECTION HISTORY

    1987, c. 383, §3 (NEW). 1987, c. 643, §1 (AMD). 1991, c. 779, §17 (AMD). 1993, c. 657, §12 (AMD). 1997, c. 690, §10 (RPR). 1999, c. 254, §4 (AMD).