Bylaw No. 34 of 2010, (The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw), of The City of Prince Albert prohibits any dog or cat from being at large. Every dog or cat while off the property of the Owner, or person having responsibility for the dog or cat, must be securely restrained by a leash held by a person capable of properly restraining the dog. In addition to impoundment fees of $50.00 plus $12.00 per day for care and sustenance for a dog or cat that is found to be at large, the dog/cat owner could also face fines ranging from $115.00 to $335.00. If required, euthanization fees can also be incurred.
Irresponsible pet ownership continues to be of concern within the City, predominately with domestic animals running at large and non-compliance to licensing. Animal control complaints account for approximately 50% of the Unit's calls and are consuming valuable time that our officers need to be spending on higher priority issues. The concerns compound as our SPCA has difficulty managing the volumes of dogs/cats impounded from running at large on city streets. The non-compliance to licensing, (of which 90% of those fees are channeled back to the SPCA), is negatively impacting this non-profit valuable community organization that provides vital services to the overall animal control management model within the city.
We encourage all citizens of the city to do their part and take responsibility for your pets and ensure they are licensed and not running "at large". When a dog or cat is at large it may not only cause a safety concern to the public, but it also stands a chance of being lost, hit by a car, becoming ill because of eating garbage or other products not meant for domestic animals, or being injured by another domestic or wild animal.
There are many good reasons to license your pet as licensing fees sustain the SPCA in:
- Feeding and sheltering animals in a veterinarian inspected facility.
- Providing of emergency medical care.
- Operation of "Adopt-A-Pet" programs.
- Education - Responsible pet ownership.
- Helping neighbors resolve pet-related problems.
- The safe return of your pet when it is identifiable to Bylaw Officers.
- "Peace of Mind" - an insurance policy on your pet
- And perhaps most importantly, knowing your licensing fees are sustaining a valuable community resource, lessening the burden on our City tax dollars.
Here are seven steps of responsible pet ownership that will allow your pet to live a long and healthy life.
- License your dog and/or cat. Licenses can be purchased at City Hall or the SPCA. Provide accurate and up-to-date information about your family pet. If you move, advise City Hall or the SPCA immediately. Failing to license your dog or affix tag while dog is off premises results in fines ranging from $115.00 to $335.00.
- Neuter or spay your dog and/or cat. Dogs and/or cats not spayed or neutered; the licensing fee jumps from $20.00 to $40.00. Effective January 1, 2013 dogs and/or cats not spayed or neutered; the licensing fee jumps from $20.00 to $60.00.
- Vaccinate annually against rabies and other diseases.
- Keep your dog on a leash.
- Train your dog early not to bark excessively. Bylaw No. 7 of 2003, The Noise Bylaw, provides for a $360.00 fine for dogs barking excessively.
- Train your dog to be obedient.
- Clean up after your pet. Owners' not removing dog or cat defecation on any public or private property other than the property of its owner face fines ranging from $115.00 to $335.00.
The City of Prince Albert has a designated area where dogs may be exercised while not restrained by a leash. A Map of this area is available by viewing Schedule No. 2 of The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, Bylaw No. 34 of 2010.
Further information about The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw may be obtained by calling the Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Unit office at 953-4906.