The City of Dauphin’s Animal Control Officer has some important reminders for pet owners.

Todd Tarrant tells CKDM there will be several points of emphasis this winter season, which are all contained in the 05-2020 Animal Control Bylaw document.

“Right now we’re dealing with all-weather shelters, dogs being off leashes, and barking — because now we’ve got no trees, no leaves, no noise outside so barking can really be heard in the house next door.”

Tarrant says dogs and cats cannot be left outside unattended for more than 15 this time of year.

When an animal is kept outside, an adequate all-weather shelter of some kind is required.

Under the City of Dauphin’s bylaw, leashes can not be longer than 6 feet.

“These are all ticketable offences — under the new bylaw 05/2020.”

Animal control will also conduct rotating inspections at the dog parks, Vermillion Park, and the off-leash park.

Licensing Rates Have Gone Up

Licenses for pets must be purchased annually, and are available as of Nov. 1. Tarrant says pet licensing has been deemed an essential service.

A pet must be vaccinated to obtain a license.

“The City has decided that in 2021, the pet licensing rates for a fixed dog will be $30. An unfixed dog will be $45 for the year."

January 31st is the deadline to purchase a license before it becomes a ticketable offence.

Tarrant says he can be contacted anytime with questions, at 204-648-3593.

To see a copy of the 05-2020 Animal Control Bylaw, click here