Animal Control

Animal Control Responses

Need help?  Anyone requiring the assistance of the Animal Control Officer should contact the Lisbon Police Department at 353-2500, ext. 1. If the ACO is on the road, please file your complaint with the Lisbon Police Department. 

Hours of operation:  The normal duty hours of the Animal Control Officer are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.    

Types of calls handled by the Animal Control Officer:

Animal Control Officers in the State of Maine are charged with handling “domestic” animal complaints and issues.  Animal Control Officers are licensed and regulated by the State of Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.   (Title 7 § 3941 through § 3950-A)

Some of the most common examples of animal control complaints are:

  • Dog at large
  • Animal welfare/cruelty complaints
  • Suspected rabid animals
  • Injured animals
  • Dog bites

Calls outside of normal business hours?

Examples of calls that will elicit a response outside of normal business hours are:

  • Dog bites
  • Dogs hit by a vehicle and no owner is available
  • Loose horses or livestock in the roadway
  • Bats in a home
  • Suspected rabid animals 

Calls that ARE NOT handled by the Animal Control Officer:

The Animal Control Officer is not licensed to trap nuisance wildlife. For nuisance wildlife, you should contact the Maine Warden Service (287-8000) for a list of local Animal Damage Control (ADC) Agents. 

What is an Animal Damage Control (ADC) Agent?

  • ADC Agents are not paid by the State and operate as independent contractors working for themselves or other wildlife control businesses.
  • ADC Agents are licensed and regulated by the State Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • ADC Agents are charged with resolving conflicts between people and wildlife.
  • ADC agents do not handle domestic animal calls.

For your information:

Beginning November 1, 2018, a fee of $50 will be charged to release any impounded dog that was picked up by Durham's Animal Control Officer and brought to the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick.