The Animal Control Department consists of one Animal Control Officer (ACO), who is assisted by the members of the Old Orchard Beach PD as needs and availability dictate. The ACO is responsible for enforcing the states animal welfare statutes, and any ordinances pertaining to animals which are enacted by the town of Old Orchard Beach.
The ACO’s normal work hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm with weekends and holidays off, these times are covered by the police department, but the ACO may be recalled if the shift supervisor deems it necessary. All animal complaints should be reported to the Old Orchard Beach Dispatch Center, which can be reached by calling 934-4911 any time day or night.
If you have a complaint regarding wild animals the ACO or a police officer will contact you initially but you may be referred to the Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which has an office in the town of Gray. This is due to restrictions in the law which limits what agencies or persons can deal with problems which are caused by wild animals.
Old Orchard Beach maintains an animal shelter at 192 Portland Avenue. Any animals which are “at large” are taken to the kennel if their owners can not be readily located. There is a fine of $15.00 to claim your animal from the shelter for the first offense, the fine for each subsequent offense is $30.00. The town also maintains a dog park next to the kennel and a new dog park is being built on
Heath Street, next to AZ’s market.
Officer William Watson
Old Orchard Beach Police Department
Animal Control Officer
If you have located a stray animal or have lost your pet, please do not e-mail the Animal Control Officer. Please contact the Police Department immediately at 934-4911.