The best place for your dog is on your own property. This ensures that he or she doesn’t become a nuisance by defecating on neighbourhood lawns or chasing kids or other pets. Roaming dogs are also a safety concern as they may be hit by vehicles, attacked by wildlife such a coyotes or bitten by rattlesnakes, depending on your location.
Dogs at Large
If there is a dog running at large in the community, an animal care and control officer will be sent to catch the dog. If the dog is licensed or microchipped, the owners will be contacted. If no owner information is available, the dog will be held for 72 hours in attempt to find the owners . If at that point the dog has not been claimed, he/she will be put up for adoption.
We encourage all dog owners to license their dogs annually to ensure that their dogs can always find their way home.
The City of Lethbridge responds to hundreds of barking dog complaints each year and that number is highest in the warmer months when dogs spend more time outside. Here are some steps you can take if there is a barking dog creating a nuisance next door.
Talk to the Dog’s Owner
Sometimes dog owners are unaware that their dog barks constantly while they are at work or away. Politely explain the impact that this dog is having on you, your property or your pets. This could potentially resolve the problem right away.
If you are unable to reach a resolution with your neighbour, you can register a complaint with the Lethbridge Animal Shelter at 403-320-4099. When you call the shelter, they will ask you for some important information to help them in investigating the complaint. You will be asked if you can identify the dog barking and that you fill out a statement form. This form is necessary to help our animal control officers, as it is very difficult to investigate without knowing times or locations.
These forms can be picked at the Regulatory Services front counter of City Hall at 910 4th Avenue South or at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter at 2405 41st Street North. Once the form has been completed, an officer will investigate your complaint and ticket the dog owner if warranted.
If you are looking for advice about your own dog that won’t stop barking, please call the Animal Shelter at 403-320-4099. They would be happy to discuss some options with you.
Please note that the Lethbridge Animal Shelter does not respond to anonymous complaints, but your information will be kept confidential.