An Act To Update the Civil Animal Welfare Laws
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §3922, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2007, c. 664, §11, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §3923-A, sub-§3, ¶A, as amended by PL 2007, c. 664, §12, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA §3947, first ¶, as amended by PL 2017, c. 404, §9, is further amended to read:
Each municipality shall appoint one or more animal control officers whose duties are enforcement of sections 3911, 3912, 3916, 3921, 3924, 3948, 3950, 3950-A, 3952-A and , 4041 and 4042 and Title 17, section 1023, responding to reports of animals suspected of having rabies in accordance with Title 22, sections 1313 and 1313-A and any other duties to control animals as the municipality may require. A municipality may appoint an employee of an animal shelter as an animal control officer as long as the person meets the qualifications and training requirements of this section.
Sec. 4. 7 MRSA §§3950-B and 3950-C are enacted to read:
§ 3950-B. Euthanasia for severely sick or severely injured livestock
§ 3950-C. Immunity from civil liability
A municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter is immune from liability for performing any acts or duties under this chapter.
Sec. 5. 7 MRSA §4011, sub-§1, ¶D, as amended by PL 1997, c. 456, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 7 MRSA §4016, sub-§1, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 425, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. 7 MRSA §4016, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 7 MRSA §4042 is enacted to read:
§ 4042. Stray livestock
Sec. 9. 33 MRSA §1052 is repealed.
Sec. 10. 33 MRSA §1053, as amended by PL 1995, c. 227, §2, is further amended to read:
§ 1053. Appraisal if value $10 or more
Every A finder of lost goods or stray beasts of the value of $10 or more shall, within 2 months after finding and before using them the lost goods to their the disadvantage of the owner, procure a warrant from the town clerk or a notary public, directed to 2 persons appointed by said the clerk or notary, not interested except as inhabitants of the town, returnable at said the clerk's office within 7 days from its the date of the warrant, to appraise said the goods under oath.
Sec. 11. 33 MRSA §1054, as amended by PL 1995, c. 227, §3, is further amended to read:
§ 1054. Restitution to appearing owner; money or goods
If the owner of such lost money or goods appears within 6 months , and if the owner of such stray beasts appears within 2 months after said notice to the town clerk under section 1051 is made by the finder and gives reasonable evidence of ownership to the finder, the owner shall must have restitution of them or the value of the lost money or goods, paying all necessary charges and reasonable compensation to the finder for keeping, to be adjudged by the district court , if the owner and finder cannot agree.
Sec. 12. 33 MRSA §1055 is repealed.
Sec. 13. 33 MRSA §1057 is repealed.
Sec. 14. 33 MRSA §1058 is amended to read:
§ 1058. Failure to give notice; penalty
If the finder of lost money or goods of the value of $3 or more or if the person taking up such stray beast neglects to give notice to the town clerk and to cause them the lost money or goods to be advertised as provided under section 1051, he the finder forfeits to the owner the full value thereof of the lost money or goods unless he the finder delivers or accounts therefor for the lost money or goods to the owner, in which case he shall the finder must forfeit not more than $20, 1/2 to the town and 1/2 to the prosecutor.
Sec. 15. 33 MRSA §§1059 and 1060 are repealed.
Sec. 16. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 33, chapter 21, in the chapter headnote, the words "lost goods and stray beasts" are amended to read "lost goods" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
This bill amends the civil animal welfare laws in the following ways:
1. It removes the provision regarding registering a dog as a service dog and issuing a tag identifying the dog as a service dog;
2. It clarifies that the dog licensing fee is waived for an owner who produces documentation that the dog is a service dog;
3. It provides for euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured stray livestock authorized by a veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter;
4. It provides for immunity for a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer and animal shelter in instances involving handling of stray livestock;
5. It adds to the animal cruelty provisions the violation of intentionally giving an animal a scheduled drug;
6. It increases the penalties for civil violations involving animal cruelty;
7. It makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime;
8. It establishes municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock; and
9. It repeals provisions related to stray beasts.