City of Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
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[Amended 12-19-1988 by Ord. No. 532; 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 244; 8-2-1999 by Ord. No. 185]
No livestock, domestic animals, or reptiles shall be kept within the compact or built up area of the City in such a manner as to constitute a public nuisance.
On complaint, the Police Chief or his/her designee may give notice to any person so keeping livestock, domestic animals, or reptiles to abate the nuisance, and upon his/her failure to comply therewith and upon conviction, such person shall be fined in accordance with Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, of the City Code.
It shall be unlawful to permit any cattle, horse, swine, sheep, goats or poultry to run at large in the City. Any such animal running at large may be impounded by or at the direction of a police officer or Animal Control Officer at a location where such animal may be safely kept for a maximum period of six days. The owner of such animal or animals may, within such period, claim the animal or animals upon payment of expenses incurred in the impounding and keeping of the animal. The owner shall be responsible to pay all damages caused by such animal or animals to public or private property prior to the release of such animal. If the animal is not claimed within the six-day period, the City or designee keeper of the animal may give away, sell or otherwise humanely dispose of such animal.