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Box 113, 210-2nd Ave South, Marwayne, Alberta  T0B 2X0

Pet Ownership
Pets bring a community to life and are an important part of many Marwayne families. Pet ownership is regulated under the the Village's Animal Control Bylaw . The Village actively works with pet owners to help ensure all pets are a positive addition to the community.
 
The Animal Control Bylaw ensures that pet owners are held responsible for their pets' actions and outlines the minimum community standards that pet owners must meet in Marwayne. Pet owners must not only look after their pet's health and wellness, but they must also make sure their pet is a positive addition to the community.
 
All dogs and cats six (6) months or older must have a valid pet license and identification tags. This allows the Village to contact you if your pet gets lost. Think of your licence as reunification insurance! License fees are due by February 28th annually. Please be advised that failure to license your pet may result in fines and/or enforcement under our Animal Control Bylaw. 
 
A basic obedience training program for your dog at an early age is often the first step to having a well socialized and behaved dog. Dog owners within the Village must ensure their dog doesn't bite, bark at, threaten or chase other animals, people, bicycles or vehicles. 
 
Keep Them Controlled
As per the the Animal Control Bylaw, dogs and cats are not allowed to be off-leash unless they are on your property. Pets must always be on a leash when on public property and should be contained in a secure yard or building when on your property. 
 
Cats must be kept indoors or secure in your yard if left outside. Allowing your cat to freely roam is dangerous for them and can lead to conflict with your neighbours. If you prefer to have your cat go outside, consider using a harness and light leash or construct a secure enclosure for their enjoyment.
 
Prevent Excessive Barking
Barking is natural for dogs when they are bored, lonely, or want to alert their owners of something. That being said, excessive barking will disturb your neighbours. Responsible dog owners ensure barking does not become a nuisance to their neighbors. Excessive barking can be addressed through dog training, socializing, exercising, and family interaction. Failure to prevent excessive barking is enforceable under the Animal Control Bylaw. 
 
Scoop the Poop
Pet waste can be smelly, unattractive, and can even be a health issue for you and your pet. Carry a bag with you to pick-up your pet's poop whenever you are off your property. Poop can be collected in a plastic bag and thrown in the garbage.
 
You do not need to clean up waste immediately on your private property, but you still need to clean it up regularly. Allowing excessive waste to build up affects your neighbours and pet negatively.
 
Bylaw Enforcement
If your pet is picked up by the animal control officer you will incur a running at large fine (1st offense is $100). If we cannot contact you it, you pet will then be taken to the Lloydminster SPCA. You will be responsible for paying the transportation fee of $145 plus the associated SPCA fees to retrive your pet. 
 
The community can help in keeping animals under control by:
  • Reporting concerns to the Village Office
  • Documenting offenses with written verification of nature and location of offense, date, time, description of dog, name and address of owner (if known)
  • Seizing a dog or cat found at large and delivering it to the Village Office during office hours for transport to Lloydminster SPCA

Reporting Concerns
We recommend that you talk to the owner of the animal about your concern prior to contacting the Village administration office. If you do not get the desired results, then you are able to drop off your written complaint to the Village Office and we will discuss options to address your concern.

Animals at large
If an animal is running at large, contact the Village office immediately.  
 
The Animal Control Bylaw has been amended to implement non-breed specific dangerous dog regulations.

Council reviewed the Bylaw and has taken the position of many other municipalities in North America, that the Bylaw will address un-responsible dog ownership regardless of the breed of the dog. The "restricted" dogs (pitbulls, rotweilers etc) clause has been removed. A dog may now be deemed "dangerous" based on its BEHAVIOR not by its breed. This will provide greater flexibility to address negligent dog owners while not penalizing responsible owners for their personal choice of dog.
 
The principle behind the legislation of non-specific breed legislation is that no specific breed is inherently bad or prone to aggression. Dogs can't help who their owners are and this type of legislation addresses the irresponsible actions of the owner. Any dog, regardless of their breed or type can be dangerous...in the wrong hands. Aggression is very complex. It is not simply a case of breed; whether or not a dog uses aggression is influenced by a range of factors including how they are bred, reared and experiences throughout their lifetime.