Most of us consider our pets as members of the family, but under common law, dogs are classified as personal property.
When a well-meaning citizen picks up what they think may be a “stray” dog, they are in fact taking possession of another person’s property.
Only an Dog Control Officer appointed by the City or Regional District, or a Peace Officer, is authorized to seize a dog.
If you see a dog at large (running loose):
- Call Dog Control – our licence database can help quickly reunite the dog with its rightful owner, thereby avoiding impound and boarding fees.
- If you are able to capture and hold the dog, please do not delay calling Dog Control – the dog’s owner is likely searching for their beloved family member and would appreciate knowing where their dog is.
If you see a dog in distress:
- Ask nearby stores to page their customers
- Call the BC SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline
- Call your local Animal or Dog Control
- Contact your local Police
If you encounter a problem with a dog (aggression, excessive barking, etc):
- Report it to Dog Control – file a report online