Sparwood Loves Dogs!

All pet owners in Sparwood are responsible for the care and welfare of the pets they own.  This includes providing adequate food, water, shelter, veterinary care and living conditions.

Let's work together to be responsible pet owners and keep our public spaces clean by following these simple guidelines:

  • Cleaning up any droppings left by your pet on public or private property (including your own property).
  • If pets are fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as pet food may attract predatory animals.
  • Pets are safer if kept indoors, especially at night, as cats and small dogs can become prey to predatory animals.
  • Your pets must not create a nuisance to the neighbourhood.
  • You must licence your dog.
Ensure your dog is a good neighbour - control excessive barking

According to section 5 (d) of the Animal Control Bylaw, "no person shall suffer or permit any dog, cat, or animal of which he is the owner to become a public nuisance."  That includes persistent barking, calling, whining or other persistent noise made by domestic pets.  Failing to comply could result in a $250 fine.

Stoop and Scoop

Diseases can be transmitted to humans by direct contact with dog droppings and through flies and parasites. Dog droppings contaminate parks, playgrounds and other public spaces and pose serious health hazards to children playing nearby and to other persons and animals.

Let's work together to keep our public and private spaces clean by following these simple guidelines:

  • Clean up any feces left by your pet on public or private property
  • Clean up any feces left by your pet on your own property
  • When you are out with your dog, carry a plastic bag
  • Pick up the droppings left by your dog using the bag
  • Place the bag in the nearest litter container and wash your hands as soon as possible

Failure to comply with the above may result in a fine of $100 under Section 5 (h) of the Animal Control Bylaw or Section 3 of the Unsightly Premises Bylaw.

Click here to learn more about barking dog complaints

Complain about a Barking Dog

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

    Pets that are not spayed or neutered increase the number of unwanted and stray animals in Sparwood.

    Spay or neuter your pet to:

    • Stop their “heat” cycle
    • Reduce your cat’s “marking” behaviour

    Reduce the cost of licensing your pet

  • Will I be charged if my dog bites or attacks another animal or person?

    Charges can be laid against you if:

    • Your dog bites or attacks
    • Your dog’s behaviour poses a danger to people or family animals
    • You don’t prevent the above

    Penalties in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can be up to a $75,000 fine and / or 2 years imprisonment upon conviction

  • How many pets can I have on my property?

    No more than 5 dogs, cats, animals (including birds or farm animals) or combination thereof may be kept on a property at one time, unless in an “Agriculture” zone.

  • Does my pet have to be on a leash?

    No animals, including cats and dogs, may run at large in the District of Sparwood.  If your pet is off your property, it must be on a leash and led by a competent person.  Failure to comply may result in a fine of $100