Dog licences, also known as dog tags, are in place to make sure that Township dogs-at-large make it home safely.
2019 dog tags are $15 each and are available at the administration office in Lansdowne. Fee increases to $20 per tag beginning May 1st.
Would you like one mailed to your home? Complete an online application and send payment in a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 280, 1233 Prince Street, Lansdowne, ON K0E1L0.
Who takes care of this?
For the past few years the Township has employed a by-law officer who is available Monday to Friday, from 9 to 3:30 p.m. The bylaw officer is responsible for enforcement of property standards, noise bylaws, illegal dumping and animal control issues across the Township. By-law enforcement calls after business hours or on weekends are responded to at the discretion of by-law management.
How can I report a missing or found dog?
What happens next?
If the found dog is contained or in the possession of the caller, the by-law officer will attend and safely retrieve the dog. If the dog is tagged, every effort is made to locate the owner, and the dog is delivered home. For this reason, the by-law officer recommends leaving several methods of contact when you buy your dog licence.
If no owner is found or the dog does not have a tag, the dog must be impounded. Since 2008, the Township has partnered with the Gananoque Veterinarian Clinic for this service. At the clinic the dog is treated for fleas and kept in a safe environment. Both the Township and vet clinic post information and photos of the dog on social media. If the dog is not claimed in 72 hours, the dog is surrendered to the Gananoque & District Humane Society to be adopted or placed in a foster home.
- If the dog is tagged and the owner recovers the dog from the clinic within the first day of capture, the Township will waive the $100 impound fee. Vet clinic fees may still apply, especially if the animal was discovered wounded and in need of medical assistance. Such fees are charged at the discretion of the vet clinic.
- If the dog does not have a tag it must be impounded. The Township charges a $100 impound fee as well as the cost of a tag. Vet clinic fees may also apply, especially if the animal was discovered wounded and in need of medical assistance. Such fees are charged at the discretion of the vet clinic.
Where does the money go?
All funds secured from impound fees and dog tag sales offset the costs of officer response to dogs-at-large complaints including: employee time, travel, fuel for impound vehicles, vehicle maintenance, cost of tags, equipment such as leashes, crates, pet food/treats for capture and containment, and blankets.
How can I help?
Furry family members mean the world to us! Purchase a dog licence for each dog you own. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. If you have more than 3 dogs, you require a kennel licence. Please note, if the by-law officer attends your property and discovers an un-tagged dog a $75 charge may be applied.
More information on this topic can be found by visiting our website www.leeds1000islands.ca keyword ‘animal services