Animal Control

The County of Wetaskiwin maintains 2 full-time Dog Control / Bylaw Enforcement Officers. Officers respond to dog related issues on a complaint basis through the 24hr Complaint Line at 780-352-0005. 

Dog Control Officers can issue warnings or summons for offences under the County of Wetaskiwin Dog Control Dog Control Bylaw Number 2019/06.

Restricted Dogs

The Dog Control Bylaw includes provisions for "Restricted Dogs". Schedule "B" outlines the offense amounts for infractions to the new bylaw. Schedule "C" outlines the offense amounts involving Restricted Dogs as per Section 2(r).

Stray Dogs

Under the County of Wetaskiwin Dog Control Bylaw Number 2019/06, any person in possession of a stray dog must notify and turn the dog over to Bylaw officers by calling 780-352-0005 or by completing the online Dog Control form. Please note that if you fill out the online dog complaint form on a weekend or statutory Holiday the complaint won’t be received until normal business hours resume. We ask that you use the 24hr complaint line for the quickest response to your complaint. 

If a dog is found within the County of Wetaskiwin (this excludes the Summer Villages, the Town of Millet, the City of Wetaskiwin, and Maskwacis/Four Bands land near Pigeon Lake), citizens can take the dog to the Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic during their regular hours.

Dogs impounded  are held for 10 days if they have identification such as a licence tag, a legible tattoo or a readable microchip with up-to-date contact information. Dogs without identification are held for 72 hours. After this hold period, if the dog is unclaimed, it is up to the Veterinarian's discretion if he/she will  put the dog up for adoption after an assessment is made on the dogs behaviour and health condition. 

As soon as you know your dog is lost, you should:
  • Call your surrounding Veterinary services/shelters  and check to see if they have any dogs that match your descriptions. People often bring stray pets to their vet so make sure the vets in your area know what dog you are looking for and how to reach you.
  • Check social media sites. 
  • Call the dog complaint line at 780-352-0005 or complete the online Dog Control form to report your lost dog.
  • Double-check with members of your household to ensure no one has your dog or knows where it is.
  • Enlist the help of friends and family to extend your search through the neighborhood. Ask them to carry cell phones, so they can contact you if they find your dog.
  • When your dog is found, help close the loop by contacting all the people you have reported it to.
  • Tattooed / micro chipped dogs find their way home faster.