The Town of Stony Plain is committed to ensuring pet owners, their pets, and fellow neighbours coexist safely and in peace. The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 2566/AC/16 replaces the Animal Control Bylaw 2467/AC/12, and there are a number of changes residents need to be aware of. The emphasis of responsibility is now on the owner of the pet, not the animal itself.
To help get the messaging out the Town of Stony Plain will be including a Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw brochure along with a Licensing Your Pet pamphlet in residents’ February Utility Bills. There are significant changes to the rules on owning a Vicious and Nuisance Animal. This information will be provided to those pet owners with leaflets by Peace Officers. All of this information can also be picked up at Town Hall and is now available on the web at stonyplain.com/MyPets.
Adam Wenmann, Acting Enforcement Services Supervisor says, “The first step towards being a responsible pet owner is to license your cat or dog. This license is your pet’s ticket home if lost. It provides Peace Officers with the information needed to reunite you with your pet.”
A big change in the new bylaw is all pets must be licensed by three months of age. A neutered or spayed dog or cat license costs $20.00. The fine for not obtaining a license is $200.00 and failing to obtain a vicious animal license is a $1000.00 violation.
“These license fees help pay for; returning lost cats and dogs to their owners, enforce the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, feed and shelter lost cats and dogs, provide emergency medical care for lost pets, and help Enforcement resolve neighbour animal-related conflicts,” says Wenmann.
If your pet is lost call Enforcement Services at 780-963-8650, check the pictures of the impounded and adoptable animals listed on the Parkland Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, and visit the Parkland Animal Shelter to retrieve your lost pet.
If you haven’t licensed your pet for the 2017 year, please do so at the Town Office located at 4905-51 Ave. Be prepared to provide the following…
• Name, street address, and phone number of the pet owner
• A description of the cat or dog including; breed, name, gender, and age
• Proof of current rabies and immunizations
• Proof of spaying or neutering if applicable
In 2016, Peace Officers responded to 103 reports of cats at large and 172 of dogs at large. Licensing of animals will assist in avoiding prolonged impoundment and fines.
A Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw Information Session will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. in Council Chambers. This free Information Session is open to the public and will feature guest speaker Nikeae Michalchuk, Calgary Bylaw Services Canine Aggression Specialist. Coffee and snacks will be provided. There are only 50 spots available so please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st to secure a spot. No pets please.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain