Animal Control Officer

Animal Control Division Info

Animal Control Officer:
James McKnight


250 Water Street, Bath, Maine


The City of Bath employs a part time Animal Control Officer (ACO) who handles approximately 800 animal calls each year. Incidents handled by the ACO include animals at large, noise complaints, injured animals, nuisance complaints and animal bites.

If a person encounters an animal they consider dangerous, they should immediately report the incident to the ACO through the Police Department. They should also seek immediate medical treatment or advice when needed.

Dog owners within the City of Bath are required to license their dogs in January of each year through the City Clerk’s Office. This is not only a State law, but it is also used as a means to control and identify dogs. It is also important to ensure that all dogs have received inoculations against rabies. Proof of rabies vaccination must be shown at the Clerk’s Office before issuance of a license.

Causes of Dog Nuisance:

  • Causing unreasonable noise, litter or property damage, the chasing of vehicles and the entry on school grounds while school is in session.
  • It is unlawful for any dog, licensed or unlicensed, to run at large, except for the purpose of hunting.
  • Dog owners can be fined for allowing their dogs to run in a pack.
  • Dog owners can be fined for allowing their dog to disturb the peace.
  • A dog in heat shall be kept confined or on a leash.
  • The person in control of a dog(s) within a city park, cemetery, or designated recreation area shall control dog(s) at all times by means of a leash.
  • Any feces deposited by any dog(s)in a city park, cemetery and designated recreation areas shall be immediately removed by the person in control of the dog(s) and disposed of in a safe and healthful manner.
250 Water Street
Fax: 207-443-8343

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chief of Police
Michael Field
Deputy Chief
Andrew Booth
Administrative Assistant
Shelley Merrill