February 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM
Dog owners across the Central Okanagan have until this Friday, February 28th to renew their dog license for 2014, in order to save a late fee.
Dog licenses cost $20 for pet that’s been spayed or neutered and $60 if not. Starting March 1st, a $20 late fee is added to all renewals.
All dogs must be licensed in the Central Okanagan. Licensing fees help fund dog control services and pound operations and an annual $67,000 grant to the Kelowna SPCA branch for dog adoptions, its spay/neutering and education programs. Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “In spite of their owners best efforts, accidents do happen and dogs can get away. If a dog is wearing a license tag when it’s found and reported to Regional Dog Control, our staff can easily reunite the family by making a few phone calls, saving a trip to the pound.”
Dogs that are not licensed are subject to a $300 fine.
Smith reminds dog owners that if their pet unfortunately gets away, they should contact the Regional Dog Pound as quickly as possible. The regional dog bylaw requires that a dog at be held at the pound for a minimum of 72 hours.
Dog licenses may be renewed online or in person at any local government office in the Central Okanagan and the North Westside Fire Hall. Locations are available in the Dog section of the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/dogs. That’s also where you’ll find other information about the Regional Dog service and what to do if you lose or find a dog.
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