Residents who license their dogs will now receive a free, portable dog-bag dispenser that they can clip on their pet’s leash. The Town is hoping the program will encourage more residents to license and clean up after their pets, as required by Animal Control By-law 39 of 2008.
Animal licensing allows police, animal control officers and veterinarians to more easily return wandering pets to their owners.
Animal licenses can be purchased at the Municipal Operations Centre front desk at 408 James Street South. Dog licenses begin at $15 per year for the first dog in a household and are valid until February 28 of the following year, at which time they should be renewed. Additional fees apply depending on the number of dogs in a household or if the license is for a kennel. Residents should also license cats for a one-time fee of $10. There is no charge for licensing service animals.
A full list of fees and a link to the Animal Control By-law is available on the Town’s website at http://www.townofstmarys.com/en/town-services/Animal-Services.aspx.