Dog ownership in Strathcona County
Part of being a caring dog owner includes being a responsible dog owner. You need to:
Strathcona County's Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, (185.1 KB)
which came into effect January 1, 2018.
- License your dog.
- Learn where you can and cannot take your dog.
If your dog is wearing its licence tag, we will use the information in our records to try and contact you before the dog is impounded. Dogs are impounded at the Edmonton Humane Society for only four consecutive working days, after which time they become the property of the Edmonton Humane Society.
If you've lost your dog, or you've found one, call 780-449-0170.
Dogs at large in rural areas
If you are experiencing stray dogs on your property, you may borrow a trap free of charge. Call 780-449-0170 for more information.
Clean up after your dog
You are responsible to pick up after your dog and dispose of the droppings in a garbage container. It's as easy as keeping a few plastic bags in your pocket. If you use a compostable bag, you can dispose of it in the organics bin.
Keeping the peace
If your dog is crying, barking or howling, it is probably a concern to people who live near you. It's up to you to make sure your dog does not disturb your neighbours.
Penalties under the bylaw
If you do not abide by the dog control bylaw, you could be fined. Fines are for first-time offences. Fines increase for subsequent offences.
Fine for not having a dog licence
- Any dog - $250
- Dangerous dog - $500
Examples of other fines
- Dog barking or howling excessively - $150
- For not picking up your dog's droppings i- $150
- Unsecured dog in vehicle - $100
- Dog in distress - $250
A full list of offences and fines can be found in the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw (185.1 KB) .
- Dog control, licensing, lost and found, complaints, over-limit permits: Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, 780-449-0170
- Dogs in parks, off-leash area: 780-416-6729
- Permit application for animal breeding and/or boarding facilities, hospitals or shelters: 780-464-8080
- Edmonton Humane Society
- Lost dog inquiry: 780-491-3522
- General inquiry: 780-471-1774
The Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw (37-2017) is also available for review at Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park. A copy of the bylaw can also be purchased at Enforcement Services for $.35 per page.
Disclaimer: This webpage includes information relating to the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw. This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the bylaw. Strathcona County accepts no responsibility for persons relying solely on this information.