Maine Town Votes to Change Dangerous Dogs Law, 2nd Vote Planned

Winslow, Maine, officials have voted at the first of two scheduled hearings to change the town’s rules on dangerous dogs after a woman was hurt and her dog was killed over the summer during an attack by two other dogs.

WGME-TV reports the town voted Tuesday night to amend the ordinance to reflect state standards. A second vote is planned next month.

Police say a dog could be deemed dangerous under the law if an incident is reported and charges are filed.

Owners would have to obtain a permit, register with an animal control officer and prove they have at least $300,000 in liability insurance. They must also post warning notices.

Fines would begin at $500 for a first offense. Subsequent offenders would face fines of $750 and then $1,000.

Information from: WGME-TV