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Town Of Wells, Police Department, Animal Control Officer, Roberta 'Bobbi' Mescavage
We have many inquiries about the laws regulating animals, especially in the summer when visitors are
here.  As a result, we have created this informative flyer in an effort to outline basic rules and regulations as they relate to domestic animals in the Town of Wells. We hope you will find it helpful.
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DOGS ON BEACH:  April 1 through June 15 - ON A LEASH and under charge of a responsible person.  Please keep dogs away from Piping Plover nests.  June 16 through September 15 - OFF BEACH from 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.  ON BEACH from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Must be ON A LEASH and under charge of a responsible person.
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PET OWNERS MUST REMOVE ANY FECES their dogs deposit on any public beach, beach access point, beach area road or anywhere within the boundaries of the estuary (marsh area) and DISPOSE OF SUCH FECES IN AN APPROPRIATE WASTE RECEPTACLE.  The same regulations apply for the ENTIRE TOWN OF WELLS, except on property belonging to the animal's owner or keeper.  An offense carries a penalty.  Please pick up your dog's feces and dispose of it properly as it is a health hazard to the residential clamming program and to humans coming into contact with it, besides being socially unacceptable to the area.
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DOGS MAY NOT RUN AT LARGE except on private property and then only with the consent of the owner. Otherwise, DOGS MUST BE UNDER THE CONTROL OF A PERSON whose personal presence and attention would reasonably control the conduct of the animal (leash, voice command, hand command). Note #1 above: beach area regulations.
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MAINE DOGS MUST HAVE CURRENT LICENSE AND RABIES TAGS attached to their collars and be worn at all times. Dogs of visitors and seasonal residents should display their State license, Rabies and/or I.D. tags attached to their collars.  This may be the quickest and cheapest way your lost dog can be returned to you. Handwritten "rescue"  tags: $0.50 to $2.00.
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ANY ANIMAL MAKING SOUNDS COMMON TO ITS SPECIES CONTINUOUSLY FOR 20 MINUTES OR INTERMITTENTLY FOR ONE HOUR or more shall be deemed to constitute  a nuisance.
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DOGS BEING TRANSPORTED  IN THE OPEN PORTION OF ANY VEHICLE MUST BE PROTECTED in a manner that prevents the dog from falling or jumping or being thrown from the vehicle.
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Maine State Law says that NO ANIMAL MAY BE CONFINED IN A CAR, BOAT, VEHICLE, building, enclosure or vessel of any kind WHEN EXTREME HEAT OR EXTREME COLD WILL BE HARMFUL TO ITS HEALTH.  Temperatures in cars can reach 120 degrees F. in a few minutes on hot summer days; your pet can suffer brain damage or die. Truck beds can heat to over 160 degrees F. Please think about your pet's welfare while you're having fun in the sun.

If your pet is lost, call the Wells Police Department.  We also recommend that you call our local shelter, the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk (985-3244) as well as Creature Comforts in Kittery (439-6674) to see if anyone has brought in your pet.

We hope this information will help all pet owners and their pets to have a safe, pleasant stay in Wells
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