Lanark Highlands - Services - Animal Control

By: Lanark Highlands  09-12-2011


Dog Licensing

The Townships Animal Control By-Law #2004-502 provides for the annual licensing, regulating and registering of all dogs and imposes a licence fee on all dog owners.

2011 Fees

Dog Tag $10.00 from January 1st to March 31st
$15.00 after March 31st
Licensed Hunting Dog *valid license required $5.00
Micro Chipped Dogs *micro chip papers must be produced in order to obtain the micro chip number Free *the dog is still required to be registered and wear a 2010 dog tag
Replacement Tags $2.00
Guide Dogs Free
Kennel License $50.00
Aggressive Dog License $1000.00

**Reminder: Dog Licenses expire on December 31 each year!

Where to Purchase a Tag?

Dog Tags can be purchased at the Township Office using cash, cheque or debit during regular office hours Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to have your dog tag sent to you in the mail, please send a self addressed stamped envelope along with a cheque made payable to the Township of Lanark Highlands and the following information:

• Owners name, address & phone number

• Dog’s Name

• Breed

• Age

• Colouring

• Sex

• Special Markings (if any)

• Copy of the Micro Chip Papers (if applicable)

Animals Running at Large

An animal shall be deemed to be running at large if found any place other than the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person. The Animal Control Officer may seize any animal found running at large in the Township and cause such animal to be impounded or returned to the owner.

Barking Dogs

Owners of a dog shall take all precautions necessary to prevent the dog from barking in order to not disturb the peace and quiet of any residence or persons in the vicinity.

Poop & Scoop

Dog owners must pick up after their pet. Owners of a dog who allow waste to be placed on public property or private property not owned by the dog owner are liable to a fine.

Pit Bulls

The Dog Owners Liability Act (DOLA) requires that ALL Pit Bulls be spayed/neutered, on a leash of no more than 1.8 metres in length, and muzzled when off the property of the owner. When on the property of the owner, the property must be securely enclosed to prevent the pit bull from breaking out of the property.

Pit bulls can be seized by Animal Control if it is felt they are behaving in a menacing manner, have bitten or attacked a person or animal, or are considered to be a Prohibited Pit Bull (i.e. one that has not been spayed/neutered).

It is illegal to give away or sell Pit Bulls or their puppies in Ontario. The only agencies that can sell or give away these dogs are pounds and shelters.


Spaying/Neutering can help to prevent your pet from wandering, and reduces the risk of many diseases. Every year unwanted animals end up in municipal pounds, cared for at public expense. If you are unable to keep your dog/cat, call Animal Control or your local pound or shelter. Please do not leave these animals to fend for themselves. This practice is inhumane and against the law.

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

Animal Control and Animal Cruelty are two different agencies. When considering which agency to call consider this - Animal Control protects people from animals, Cruelty Agents (OSPCA) protect animals from people. If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, please call the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) at 613-283-9360.

Contact Information

Animal Control Officer, Anita Stuart


613-267-9337 Emergency Pager

(this pager does not take voice messages - please dial your phone number using the keypad of your touchtone phone)

*All calls are confidential.

Livestock Evaluator

If you are the owner of livestock or poultry and have suffered a loss of livestock due to predation by a coyote, wolf or stray dog please call the Livestock Evaluator.

Contact Information

Livestock Evaluator, Ross Creighton


The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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