Category Archives: Maine

Waterville, ME: Police chief plans to propose BSL

In September, Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey publicly stated that the city should ban certain breeds of dogs. He is now back in the news, saying he intends to bring an “aggressive dog” proposal to council. Although he does not know exactly what he will propose, or when, he continues to say that the law should be breed-specific and should affect owners of breeds that he considers “aggressive”—specifically “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, Akitas, and German Shepherds.

Maine state law prohibits municipalities from passing BSL, and, as police chief, Massey really should know this. His continued push for BSL, which would violate state law, is troubling. Locals and residents may wish to intervene with legal, effective, breed-neutral solutions before Massey gets much further.

Next city council meeting: December 6, 7:00 PM, City Council Chambers, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME 04901

City officials contact information:
City Council, City of Waterville, 1 Common Street, Waterville Maine 04901
Fax: 207-680-4207
http://www.waterville-me.gov/departments/council/contacts/index.php
Police Chief Joseph Massey, jmassey@waterville-me.gov
Charles F. Stubbert, fred4444@msn.com
George Myers, Jr, george@georgemyersjr.com
Rosemary Winslow, rosemary.winslow@mail.house.gov
Erik Thomas, ethomas@waterville-me.gov
John O’Donnell, johnodonnell@mewireless.net
Eliza Mathias, emathias@waterville-me.gov
Karen Rancourt Thomas, krancourt@waterville-me.gov

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fred4444@msn.com; george@georgemyersjr.com; rosemary.winslow@mail.house.gov; ethomas@waterville-me.gov; johnodonnell@mewireless.net; emathias@waterville-me.gov; krancourt@waterville-me.gov; jmassey@waterville-me.gov

Waterville chief wants ordinance governing dogs

Mauling prompts plan to restrict certain breeds

Posted: December 3
Updated: Today at 10:09 PM

WATERVILLE — An aggressive dog mauled a child Wednesday on Water Street, and Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey is fed up. He plans to propose an ordinance to City Council that would restrict large aggressive breeds. [...]

Massey said he’s not sure when he’ll submit a proposed ordinance to City Council. He’s also not certain what kind of ordinance he will propose. First, he wants to research aggressive-dog ordinances in other communities.

“I am certainly going to look at options that would be fair and reasonable ways to control large aggressive dogs,” he said.

Breeds Massey said he considers aggressive include akitas, German shepherds, pit bulls and rottweilers. [...]

Full article retrieved 12/3/11 from http://www.kjonline.com/news/waterville-chief-wants-ordinance-governing-dogs_2011-12-02.html

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Waterville, ME: Police chief suggests breed ban

Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey thinks the city should ban certain breeds of dogs. Maine state law prohibits municipalities from passing BSL, so this is not likely to go anywhere, but locals and residents may wish to reassert the need for breed-neutral laws.

Next city council meeting: September 20, 7:00 PM, City Council Chambers, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME 04901

City officials contact information:
City Council, City of Waterville, 1 Common Street, Waterville Maine 04901
Fax: 207-680-4207
http://www.waterville-me.gov/departments/council/contacts/index.php
Police Chief Joseph Massey, jmassey@waterville-me.gov
Charles F. Stubbert, fred4444@msn.com
George Myers, Jr, george@georgemyersjr.com
Rosemary Winslow, rosemary.winslow@mail.house.gov
Erik Thomas, ethomas@waterville-me.gov
John O’Donnell, johnodonnell@mewireless.net
Eliza Mathias, emathias@waterville-me.gov
Karen Rancourt Thomas, krancourt@waterville-me.gov

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fred4444@msn.com; george@georgemyersjr.com; rosemary.winslow@mail.house.gov; ethomas@waterville-me.gov; johnodonnell@mewireless.net; emathias@waterville-me.gov; krancourt@waterville-me.gov; jmassey@waterville-me.gov

Waterville Chief Sounds Alarm On Dangerous Dogs

by Rob Poindexter – September 12th 2011 09:29pm

Waterville – Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey [...] says statistics show most attacks happen in the victims own homes. “The top three biters according to their study are Pitbulls, German Shepards, and Rottweilers.” [StopBSL Ed: Unclear what statistics or study has been used here. No source cited.] [...]

Adding that he’d also like to see the city get tougher. “Matter of fact I would almost like to see, and I know this is very controversial, to see the city take a stand where they try to prohibit specific breeds.” [...]

Full article retrieved 9/14/11 from http://www.wabi.tv/news/23450/waterville-chief-sounds-alarm-on-dangerous-dogs