The Town’s Animal Control Bylaw requires that the owner of a dog will, on or before the first business day of January in each year, obtain an annual license for each dog owned over the age of 4 months. There are fines for having an unlicensed dog ($50) and for failing to affix a dog’s license tag ($50).
Licenses assist in the quick return of dogs found at large to their owners. As well, preferential license fees for spayed or neutered dogs helps to prevent pet overpopulation. In Canada, over 60% of cats and 30% of dogs in animal shelters are euthanized each year.
Dogs are not permitted to be at large to ensure the safety of the public, the dog and other animals. There are fines for your dog being at large ($50), failing to keep your dog under control ($50), allowing your dog to disturb your neighbors with noise or by damaging property or other animals ($100), failing to clean up after your dog if it defecates on someone else’s property ($50), and even fines for failure to provide basic care ($100).
Dog license fees help to pay for the costs of tags, feeding and boarding dogs, facility costs- hydro, propane, repairs, maintenance, insurance, etc. and staff costs for catching and caring for the dogs.