Animal Control

Our Animal Control Officer is Jean Wilkey. Jean is a resident of Carmel and she enjoys the outdoors. 

Her number is 299-3251 please leave a message. 


Game Warden Service: 941-4440 or 287-5252 (Call the warden service on all wild animals and any dogs you witness chasing deer) for non-domesticated animals

The Animal Control Officer responds to the care and control of domestic animals within the Town of Carmel. The service requests can range from the capture and control of domestic animals such as horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, dogs and cats.

Emergency after-hours service is available for sick and injured animals at Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic. We enforce both state and local laws relating to animal control. Captured animals are boarded at Bangor Humane Society at 693 B, Mt Hope Ave., Bangor.  Phone: 942-8902.

Remember, by law your dogs and cats must have their rabies shots. Dogs should wear their municipal and rabies tags to be identifiable. Dogs six (6) months old or older that you keep for more than ten days must be licensed. We are happy to assist you with all of your animal control questions or concerns.


Dog licenses expire on December 31st of each year. Additional late fees of $25 per dog are imposed by the State of Maine and may not be waived.
To receive the license, dog owners must show: 
- State of Maine rabies certificate or equivalent* 
- spay or neuter certificate*
- veterinarian’s name and phone number (if this information isn’t already on file at the Clerk’s office). 
* Rabies/Spay-Neuter Certificate issued from another US state must include: dates of services rendered with a rabies vaccination expiration, serial number of medication used, and dog description to verify proper animal

The cost to register is $6.00 for an altered dog, $11.00 for an unaltered one.

To register your dog visit the Dog Licensing page on the Maine Division of Animal and Plant Life site  or stop in the Town Office!

Maine law requires that all dogs six months of age or older be licensed in the municipality where their owner resides. Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet and anyone who may come in contact with the animal.  


Residents should also know that by licensing their dog they are directly fighting animal cruelty and abuse. Most people do not realize that up to 90% of their dog license fees go directly to the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Dog license fees account for 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program’s entire funding and without these fees, the State would be unable to protect the animals of this state. 

  • The fee is $6.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $11.00 for an unaltered dog.
  • Proof of a valid rabies vaccination is required.
  • All dogs must be licensed before January 31 of the upcoming year to avoid a $25 penalty.

One question which comes up frequently is: “How would the Town know that I had a dog?”  Since 2007, veterinarian offices must provide certificates of rabies vaccination to the State Office of Animal Welfare. The agency forwards the owner’s contact information and animal’s record to the city/town in which the dog owner lives. Municipal Clerks must record the dog’s record within the town’s licensing program and forward a list of unlicensed dogs to the local animal control officer.