Following the Rules
The animal control bylaw contains all the rules and regulations. The following list is a summary of the highlights:
- Dogs over the age of three months must be licensed.
- Every dog must wear a collar, and the dog license tag must be attached to the collar when the dog is off the owner's property.
- Owners must not allow their dogs to run at large (off leash).
- Owners must clean up after their dogs; that is, is a dog defecated on any public or private property (other than the owner's property), the owner is responsible for immediately cleaning up after the dog.
- Owners must not allow their dogs to bark or howl excessively such that it disturbs other people at any time, night or day.
- Owners must ensure their dogs do not damage public or private property.
- Dogs are not allowed on any school grounds, playground, or parkland area, except when the dog is participating in a recognized training or obedience school, or assisting a handicapped person.
Breaking the Rules
If you fail to obey the rules outlined in the dog bylaw, you could be subject to fines ranging up to $1000.00.
If you have any questions about pet ownership in Hanna, please click here to contact the By-Law Enforcement, Licensing Department.
Dogs found without licenses and tags are captured and impounded. The Animal Control Officer will make every attempt to find the owner. If the owner is found or contacts the Town Office to claim the animal, associated pound fees and possible fines will have to be paid in order to have the animal released from the pound, if negligence on behalf of the owner is found to be the cause of the dog running at large and being unlicensed.
Stray Dogs found without license and tags are captured and also put into the pound. If no one claims the animal, the Animal Control Officer will make an attempt to find the owner. If no owner is found within a reasonable time frame the Town has several options available to deal with the animal (see Animal Control Bylaw # 808), including finding a new home for the dog or even having it put down if it is determined that the dog is unsuitable for placement with a new owner. The Town works closely with the local Hanna SPCA to find homes for stray animals.
Dog Licenses come up for renewal on January 1st of each year. Notices of renewal are sent to each registered license holder at the beginning of the year as a friendly reminder, however the onus to purchase a license remains with all dog owners with in the Town limits.