Addressing Pet Neglect/Abuse

It is a sad fact that not everyone cares for dogs, cats and other small animals the way we do.  Neglect and abuse cases occur, and require our support, compassion and assistance.  Maine is fortunate to have a state-wide agency through the Department of Agriculture, called the Animal Welfare Program, which employs State Humane Agents and investigates and prosecutes cases of neglect and abuse for pets, farm animals and wildlife. 

Municipalities also are required by state law to employ Animal Control Officers who can also investigate and address abuse and neglect situations.   The GAHS works with the state program and our local ACOs to provide support, assistance and in many cases housing and care for these animals.  However, we are not an enforcement agency and cannot investigate any potential cases.

All information related to cruelty or neglect situations should be reported to the proper authorities. Complaints received via email must contain the reporting party’s name and phone number, the name of the animal owner (if known), a physical address, a description of the animals and the type of complaint:

State of Maine Animal Welfare program: 207-287-3846

1-877-269-9200 (Toll Free) and Email: animal.welfare@maine.gov

Local Animal Control Officers

Auburn- ACO Michael Chaine, Auburn Police Department- (207) 784-7331

Canton- ACO Richard Burton, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 743-9554

Greene- ACO Wendell Strout, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

Hebron- ACO Robert Larrabee, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 743-9554

Leeds- ACO Wendell Strout, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

Lewiston- ACO Wendell Strout, Lewiston Police Department- (207) 784-6421

Livermore- ACO Richard Burton, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

Minot- ACO Robert Larrabee, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

New Gloucester- Larissa Needham and Ryelle Atkins, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 893-2810

Turner- ACO Wendell Strout, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

Wales- ACO Wendell Strout, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office- (207) 753-2500

Other Animal Control Officers by Town