Keep your pokey pup out of the pokey — it’s license renewal 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 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.

For more information on dog licensing please refer to Animal Control and Licensing. You can also download the Town’s dog licensing brochure here.

Dogs around town 

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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.​


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