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Key Points Regarding Pet Ownership

Pet ownership is encouraged and welcomed within the MD; however, strong emphasis is placed on responsible ownership of animals. The MD promotes responsible pet ownership through educating the public on animal-related issues and enforcement of the MD's Domestic Animal Control Bylaw.

The MD's Domestic Animal Control Bylaw is designed to protect the public health and safety of citizens, and to promote the general welfare of the residents and animals residing within the MD.

Dogs must be leashed unless they are on their own property. The MD has initiated a cat trapping service; this will be provided as weather allows.

Domestic Animals Cannot Be Trapped

Domestic animals like dogs, cats, rabbits and horses are considered property and thus should not be trapped, removed from their locality or harmed in any way.

Penalties for Animal-Related Bylaw Infractions

Domestic Animal Control Bylaw 2021-11 is designed to protect the public health and safety of citizens, and to promote the general welfare of the residents and animals residing within the MD.

  • Abandonment of any domestic animal: $500
  • Failure to obtain a domestic animal licence: $60
  • Failure to ensure that a collar and licence tag are worn when a domestic animal is off the premises of the owner: $60
  • Permit a domestic animal to be at large: $100Permit a domestic animal to bite, attack or run at any person or animal: $500
  • Bite, bark or chase bicycles, automobiles or other vehicles: $500
  • Bark or howl excessively or make excessive noise: $100
  • Cause damage to property or other animals: $100
  • Upset any garbage receptacle or scatter the contents of any garbage receptacles: $100
  • Chase or harass wildlife or other animals: $100
  • Failure to confine and house a female domestic animal in heat: $100
  • Failure to confine a vicious domestic animal: $500
  • Interfere with enforcement of Domestic Animal Control Bylaw 2021-11$500
  • Pound fees (per day): $100
  • Deliberate harm to a domestic animal: $500

The Hybrid Role of Our Peace Officers

The MD employs two full-time peace officers whose primary responsibility is to ensure that Lesser Slave River iremains a place where pets, their owners and their neighbours can live together in harmony. In addition to animal-related matters, these officers enforce a variety of bylaws including the Public Spaces Bylaw and the Community Standards Bylaw.

Peace officers have a laptop computer in their vehicles to receive complaints, check licences and access information; and are trained in conflict resolution and mediation to better assist with neighbourhood issues. Their duties include:

  • Partnering with citizens and communities to resolve issues through education and enforcement to achieve bylaw compliance
  • Enforcing compliance with speed limits, road bans and other traffic matters
  • Investigating bylaw-related complaints
  • Collaborating with internal and external agencies and citizens
  • Reuniting lost dogs and cats with their owners

Other Aspects of Public Safety

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