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Animal Control



Pet ownership is a serious commitment. With this in mind, knowing about animal control is an important part of being a responsible pet owner and member of our community.


Owning a pet is a privilege, and will result in new responsibilities including, but not limited to;
• An investment of time and money
• Establishing a relationship with a veterinarian
• Including your animals and pets in your emergency or disaster planning
• Ensuring Pets are properly identified (tags, microchip, tattoo) and are registered with the Town of Drumheller

A primary way to promote responsible pet ownership is being able to let our community know which pet belongs to your care.

That said, dogs and cats residing in the Town are required to be licensed.

Pet licenses assist our by-law officers in determining pet owners in the case of lost and found animals.

If you are looking to adopt a pet, the Drumheller and District Humane Society can guide you in this process.

The Responsible Pet ownership By-law enables Animal and Bylaw services to work with the community to ensure that cats, dogs, their owners and neighbours are able to coexist.

In the event that you encounter a dangerous dog or cat, you may contact our by-law officers or alert the RCMP.

Upon doing so, our by-law enforcement services, at times in coordination with the RCMP, will investigate the complaint and handle the situation in accordance with municipal and provincial law. 



In the event a violation of the animal by-laws has been committed, the following penalties and fees apply:

  • Failure to Comply with Order to Remedy: $250.00
  • Owner of Animal Running at Large
    1. 1st Offense: $100.00
    2. 2nd Offense: $150.00
    3. 3rd Offense: $250.00
  • Unlicensed Dog or Cat
    1. 1st Offense: $50.00
    2. 2nd Offense: $150.00
    3. 3rd Offense: $250.00
  • Dog Biting a Human or Another Animal
    1. 1st Offense: $250.00
    2. 2nd Offense: $500.00
  • Animal Cruelty: $500.00
  • Annoying, Tormenting, or Harassing an Animal: $350.00
  • Pet Habitually Disturbing Others or Causing a Nuisance
    1. 1st Offense: $100.00
    2. 2nd Offense: $150.00
    3. 3rd Offense: $250.00
  • Keeping Animals in Excess of Limit: $250.00


For more information about tickets and orders to remedy, please call (403) 823-1363.


Please refrain from approaching or feeding a wild animal particularly during mating season.

If you find a deceased animal in public property, kindly contact the by-law office for assistance.

In the event that you encounter a wild animal that you feel may pose a threat, please avoid it and alert the RCMP, the Provincial Fish and Wildlife Office at (403) 823-1670 or our by-law officers.


For more information, please refer to our by-laws on this matter.

If you find an animal at large, lost your pet, or would like to report any other animal-related concern, please click on this link.

For immediate concerns, please call our by-law officers for assistance at (403) 823-1363, our general Town number at (403) 823-6300, or our Emergency hotline at (403) 823-2512.

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