Your unlicensed dog is now living on borrowed time.
Dog owners in Osoyoos have until the end of this month to renew Town of Osoyoos licenses for their four-legged friends. Beginning Feb. 1, an unlicensed dog picked up by animal control faces impoundment time and its owner a $50 fine.
The Town’s dog licensing system — which applies to all dogs six or more months old, including yard and indoor pets — requires pet owners to register their dogs and renew their license annually, with all licenses for 2016 expiring Dec. 31.
The fee is $22 per dog — unless the pet is spayed or neutered. The annual fee for fixed animals drops to $12 a year.
The Town also charges $500 for dogs deemed to be dangerous.
Pets owners complying with the licensing receive a metal license tag for their pet.
An up-to-date tag worn by a dog ensures the Town can contact you if your pet is found and reduces to $30 the impound fee if your dog is picked up while running at large. The fine for unlicensed dogs is $100.
An Animal Control bylaw that came into effect in November 2016 reduced to two from three the number of dogs over six months of age a person can keep on a property. A similar number of cats can also be kept.