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 2018 licenses expiring Jan. 31.
The fee is $22 per dog — unless the pet is spayed or neutered. The annual fee for fixed animals is $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.
Dogs around town
(Info from Osoyoos.ca)
Dogs are welcome year-round in most Osoyoos parks, provided they are under control on a leash.
However, for those times when your dog has extra energy, is looking to mingle, or needs to cool off with a swim, we are happy to offer a year-round off-leash dog park and three dog swimming areas! sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point) also offers a dog swimming area.
Clean-up bag dispensers and garbage cans are located at each of these locations and in parks and trails throughout Osoyoos.
Please note that no dogs are permitted in Gyro Park — with the exception of the designated dog swimming area behind the Osoyoos Museum — during the months of June, July, and August.