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What responsibilities does a pet owner have?

In promoting the welfare of all domestic animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses, within our boundaries, the MD reminds residents of the importance of proper care and handling of pets. These animals are considered property and should not be harmed or removed from their locale.

Do you know that the MD offers tags for free? Simply phone 780.849.4888. Ensuring that your pet wears an MD tag is key to their secure and swift return home. Dog owners, remember to leash your pets unless on your own property. Additionally, the MD offers a cat trapping service, which is provided as weather permits.

For details on responsible pet ownership in the MD, including the latest penalties, please visit the Pet Ownership section of the website.


The 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.

  • Abandonment of any domestic animal $500
  • Failure to obtain a domestic animal license $60
  • Failure to ensure that a collar and license tag are worn when a domestic animal is off the premises of the owner $60
  • Permit a domestic animal to be at large $100
  • Permit 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 the Domestic Animal Control Bylaw 2021-11 $500
  • Pound fees (per day) $100
  • Deliberate harm to a domestic animal $500​​

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the provisions stated in the Animal Control Bylaw, reach out to our Protective Services team at 780.849.4888, toll-free 1.866.449.4888, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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MD administration offices are open from Monday to Friday between 8:15am and 4:30pm.
Main Office: Box 722 - 3000, 15th Ave SE, Slave Lake, AB
T:780.849.4888  F:1.866.449.4888
Sub-office: 660061 Range Road 20, Flatbush, AB
T:780.681.3929  F:1.866.681.3929




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