Kathy Ritchie, City Clerk
Tel: (306) 786-1717
Fax: (306) 786-6880
Quality of life increases with pet ownership
It's a fact: "Scientists have found that
dogs are good for your health. People who enjoy the companionship of a dog may
be better equipped to withstand some of the stresses of life." (A
Commonsense Guide to Selecting a Dog or a Cat)
Dog ownership has many benefits, but with ownership also comes
responsibility. The City of Yorkton understands the joys pet ownership can
bring, but must also ensure that irresponsible pet owners do not infringe upon
the rights of all citizens.
Observing the Animal Control Bylaw No. 23/2011 requirements are steps you can take to
ensure that you are being a responsible dog owner:
Vaccinations and Licenses
Dogs in the City of Yorkton are required to have up-to-date
vaccinations and licenses each year. Licenses can be purchased at the
SPCA. Veterinary clinics in Yorkton, or at City Hall.
Male or female
Neutered male or spayed Female
All Dogs between the age of 1 and 12 months at the
time the license is purchased; such dog license purchased being valid
for the current licensing period
Guide/Seeing eye dog
- Maximum Number of Dogs
Individuals in the City are allowed to own a maximum of three dogs over the
age of three months. Individuals in the City who are members of a registered
Canadian Kennel Club or any other bona fide kennel club shall own a maximum
of five dogs at any given time, with no more than three being kept outside
the dwelling house at one time.
- Leash Law
All dogs must be kept on a leash or under the proper control of their owner in the City of Yorkton. Dogs on any public
property unaccompanied by any person, or accompanied but not under the
complete control of a competent person, or being on private property without
the permission of the owner or occupant of such property are considered to
be running at large. The penalty for such an offence is $50.00; in addition,
if impounded, the Pound Fee is $30.00 for licensed and unlicensed dogs for
the first offence and $60.00 for subsequent offences.
- For the safety of children
Prohibited areas for dogs are Kinsmen century field and all public playgrounds. Dogs are not permitted at Deer Park Golf Course from April 1st to October 31st each year. Dogs are allowed on leash at the Ravine Ecological Preserve. These restrictions do not apply to a person using a dog as a guide dog to assist the blind, etc.
Please carry a plastic bag at all times when you are walking your pet so you
can remove defecation from public property immediately. Failure to do so
will result in fines of $50 for the first offence and $100 for subsequent
offences committed within a 12-month period. To prevent the spread of
disease, pet owners are required to clean defecation from their own property
on a daily basis and dispose of it in a sanitary manner. If a problem
arises, owners are given 72 hours to comply before City employees will clean
up the property at the expense of the dog owner.
- Consider sleeping neighbors
Barking dogs can create undo hardship on shift workers, seniors and sleeping
infants, as well as becoming an annoyance to all neighbors. Dogs creating
excessive noise will result in the owner being charged $100 for the first
offence and $200 for second and subsequent offences. In addition, the
penalty under the Noise Bylaw No. 21/99 is $200 for first offence, and $300
in the case of each and every subsequent offence within a 24 hour period.
Infractions occurring after the 24 hour period but within 3 months will
result in a $500 penalty.
Detailed information about The Animal Control Bylaw
Summary of Vicious Dog Legislation
Thank you for being a responsible pet owner.