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What obligations do I have as a pet owner under the Animal Control Bylaw?
You must be a responsible pet owner and ensure that your pet is under control at all times. Your pet
be on a leash at all times when on public property.
What complaints will Community Peace Officers investigate?
Peace Officers typically investigate complaints of:
Vicious dog and cat bites or attacks
Pets without a license
Dogs or cats at large
Abuse or neglect
How are pet-related complaints investigated?
Community Peace Officers investigate complaints by interviewing witnesses, neighbours, complainants and pet owners. The officer also collects other evidence when possible. Any investigation can result in a simple warning, a fine or a mandatory court appearance.
What is a mandatory court appearance?
Community Peace Officers issue a ticket that requires a pet owner to appear in Provincial Court. This option is used in cases where owners have received multiple fines for repeat offenses such as a barking dog, cat/dog at large, and for extreme instances such as serious dog attacks. The Provincial Court can issue increased fines and can even order the city to seize an animal from an owner.
When can a Peace Officer seize an animal?
Community Peace Officers can seize animals that are found to be at large (i.e. stray) within Wetaskiwin city limits, or animals that the Provincial Court has ordered them to seize. Animals can also be seized under the Alberta Animal Protection Act for cruelty to animals or for the lack of basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. Animals seized by Animal Control Officers for being at large can be picked up by their owner(s) from the animal shelter.
Who should I call if an animal is being abused or neglected?
Contact either Wetaskiwin Bylaw Services at (780) 361-4401 or the SPCA at 1-800-455-9003. Both can enforce the Alberta Animal protection Act and investigate reports of abuse.
What are the possible fines for violating Wetaskiwin's Animal Control Bylaw?
Common fines are for:
Excessive barking ~ $100 - $500
Owning an unlicensed pet ~ $100 - $500
Animal-at-large ~ $100 - $500
Failure to remove defecation ~ $100 - $500
Failure to control or leash a dog ~ $100 - $500
Dog attack causing no injury ~ $100 - $500
Dog attack causing injury ~ $500 - $1,500
How do I get a pet license?
Call Protective Services at 780-361-4401.
Can I own a dangerous dog in Wetaskiwin?
Yes, if the proper controls are implemented under the Vicious Dog section of the
Animal Control Bylaw
What should I do if I have an unwanted cat on my property?
Animal Control Officers do not capture at-large cats because they are generally not a danger to humans. However, stray and at-large cats can be brought to the Animal Shelter if you trap them humanely.
How long are animals kept at the animal shelter?
Animals with no identification are kept up to three business days and animals with identification are kept up to 10 business days. After that, adoptable animals are transferred to the Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic or other rescue groups.
How many animals go through the animal shelter per year?
On average, the animal shelter sees over 1,000 animals per year. In 2008, approximately 680 dogs and 208 cats were reunited with their owners.
4705-50 Ave. Wetaskiwin | Box 6210 | Alberta, Canada T9A 2E9 | Ph: (780) 361-4400 | Fx: (780) 352-0930
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