City of Belfast, ME
Waldo County
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[Ord. No. 19-1999, § 1, 10-19-1999]
All dogs must be licensed in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act, 7 M.R.S.A. § 3901 et seq.
[Ord. No. 19-1999, § 2, 10-19-1999]
It shall be unlawful for any dog, licensed or unlicensed, to run at large. Disposition of and the procedure for stray dogs shall be as described in 7 M.R.S.A. § 3911 et seq. The procedure for stray dogs after receipt by a designated animal shelter shall be pursuant to 7 M.R.S.A. § 3913.
All dogs shall be leashed when in picnic areas located in Heritage Park, the City Pier, any railroad waterfront property owned by the City, Belfast Common, Steamboat Landing/Boathouse property, and the shore frontage areas of Belfast City Park. All dogs shall be leashed when in the playground area of Belfast City Park or any other playground area as created from time to time on property of the City. No dogs shall be allowed in any City cemetery.
[Amended 6-18-2013]
For purposes of this section, the term "at large" means any dog located off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the control of any person whose presence and attention would reasonably control the dog.
[Ord. No. 19-1999, § 2, 10-19-1999]
After a dog is placed in an animal shelter, the dog may be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian, and the veterinarian may prescribe vaccinations and any medical procedures which are necessary to treat any acute illness or disease. If an animal is claimed by an owner pursuant to 7 M.R.S.A. § 3913, the owner shall be responsible for all such fees incurred for medical treatment. For each day a claimed animal stays in the animal shelter, a fee of $15 per day may be charged by the shelter to any person claiming ownership, along with any and all other reasonably necessary fees for the care, maintenance and medical treatment of the animal. Any veterinarian, humane agent, employee or volunteer or animal shelter, animal control officer or police officer shall not be civilly liable to any owner or keeper of an animal for authorizations or acts made in good faith in accordance with state law and this chapter.
Before any stray dog is transferred from an animal shelter or any other person to whom a stray dog has been delivered by an appropriate authority for the City, such dog shall be vaccinated against rabies and distemper unless the owner or keeper can provide written evidence that the dog was vaccinated within the appropriate period as determined by the state commissioner of human services. The keeper or owner of each such dog shall pay for all such vaccinations.
[Ord. No. 19-1999, § 5, 10-19-1999]
No person shall maintain or house any dog that creates a public nuisance by habitually barking, baying, howling or in any other manner unreasonably disturbing the peace and quiet of any resident of the City.
[Ord. No. 19-1999, § 4, 10-19-1999]
All dog owners, and any person who keeps or controls an animal for the owner, shall immediately remove and lawfully dispose of any feces left by such animal on any property in which the City has a legal interest or which the City owns, including all sidewalks, private ways and public ways. This section shall not apply to a dog accompanying any handicapped person who by reason of his handicap is unable to comply with the requirements of this section.