What is Dog Control Bylaw Enforcement?

K-9 Control is contracted by the Regional District of North Okanagan to provide dog control services, including dog licensing, investigation of dogs barking excessively and dog attacks, rescue of dogs at large, reuniting dogs with owners, adoptions of dogs, and response to dog complaints.

K9 Control Bylaw Enforcement Officers are appointed by the Regional Board to enforce dog control bylaws in the following North Okanagan communities:

  • City of Vernon
  • District of Coldstream
  • Village of Lumby
  • Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) Electoral Areas B and C
  • Part of RDNO Electoral Area D in the Lumby & District Fire Protection Area
  • Township of Spallumcheen

Read more at http://rdno.ca/dogs.

“Bella” is still the Top Dog Name in the North Okanagan

Bella” remains the most popular name among licensed dogs in the North Okanagan.

According to the Regional District of North Okanagan’s 2017 annual animal control report, the 10 most popular names for licensed dogs in the North Okanagan are, in order:

Bella
Bailey
Buddy
Maggie
Molly
Charlie
Max
Sadie
Cooper
Daisy

‘Cooper’ and ‘Daisy’ replace previous #9 Top Dog Name ‘Lucy’ and #10 ‘Sophie’.

The five most common dog species licensed in the North Okanagan in 2017 were, in order, Labrador Retriever, Shih Tzu, Shepherd, Poodle and Terrier.

Trial period for dogs on-leash in Polson Park

Dogs will be allowed in Polson Park on-leash starting this week as part of a two year pilot running until Fall 2019. The City of Vernon will be installing five bag dispensers and new signage this week. In the spring, the drinking fountain by the pavilion will be upgraded to include a pedestal that both people and pets can use.

Starting in late November, residents will be able to provide their comments related to the trial at Engage Vernon (www.engagevernon.ca). Over the next two years, the City will monitor the comments and will use that feedback to determine the future of the program at the end of the trial in 2019. We encourage you to provide your feedback.

The City of Vernon would like to encourage dog owners to use the new bag dispensers installed throughout the park to clean up after their dog. Used bags should go into one of the eighteen garbage cans throughout the park. The garbage collection for this park is twice a week in the winter months and daily in the summer months.

Please remember to clean up after your dog!

Dog attacks increasing

According to the Regional District of North Okanagan, in the first six months of 2016, 12 tickets were issued for dog attacks on humans and 12 tickets for dog attacks on other animals.

In 2015, 19 cases of people bitten or attacked by dogs were reported, while there were 35 reports of dog bites or attacks on other animals.

These incidents appear to be higher in frequency than in previous years.

“We are seeing more attacks. They are more frequent and more dangerous,” Pat Ellis of K-9 Control said. “More people are getting big protection-type dogs in general.”

Recent incidents:

  • A Bullmastiff attack on an elderly man in Vernon on Sept. 4 that left him with a shattered hip,
  • A Husky attack at Mutrie Road Dog Park at the end of September that left a small Shih Tzu dead, and
  • a June attack by a pit bull in Fintry that sent a man to hospital with serious injuries.

Prospective pet owners are reminded to research the dog that they want so they know its traits and how much exercise it needs.

2017 RDNO dog licenses will be out for sale on Oct. 15 – save by renewing or purchasing a new licence prior to January 1st.  You may now also purchase dog licences online.

Follow this link to the full story on Castanet:
http://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/178015/Dog-attacks-increasing

Service After Hours

In the North Okanagan, our regular office hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

Kennel hours are by appointment only.

If you are calling AFTER HOURS, please leave a message describing the issue and be sure to let us know how we can reach you. In case of emergency, we will call you back as soon as possible.

For non-emergencies, we will contact you during regular office hours on the next available business day.

We encourage you to File a Report online.

North Okanagan:
250.545.8070

Shuswap:
250.833.8492

Toll Free:
1.877.379.2821

 

Please control your dogs

A senior dog was recently injured by 2 off-lead dogs on the Grey Canal Trail – see www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/163176/Control-your-dogs

Not sure where you can take your pooch off-leash, or which parks are dog-permitted?

If you don’t see a sign stating that your dog is permitted inside the park, then your dog is not permitted inside the park.

If you don’t see a sign stating that your dog is permitted to be off-leash in the park, then your dog is not permitted to be off-leash in the park.

School fields are not dog-permitted parks. The parking lot is not a dog-permitted park. Marshall Fields is a mixed-use park, not an off-leash dog park.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Further Reading:

Renew Online!

NEW THIS YEAR:
Renew your Dog License Online & Pay Online. Please note online renewal requires you to have an existing 2015 dog license.  Paying online requires a credit card or PayPal account.

Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO)

City of Salmon Arm

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District (CSRD)

 

For more information, please contact:

  • K-9 Control: 250.545.8070

Got A Dog? Get A Licence!

2016 RDNO licence tag for dogs residing in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Electoral Areas B, C and part of D.

2016 RDNO license tag for dogs residing in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Electoral Areas B, C and part of D.

Reference: RDNO Bylaw 2466

Save by purchasing your dog license BEFORE January 1st, 2016:
Fees for Altered Dog: $20  / Un-altered Dog: $55

After January 1st, 2016:
Fees for Altered Dog: $35 / Un-altered Dog: $75

Applies to any resident keeping a dog within:

  • City of Vernon
  • District of Coldstream
  • Village of Lumby
  • RDNO Electoral Areas B, C and that part of Area D within the Lumby & District Fire Protection Area

Dog licenses available at:

  • K-9 Control Services
  • City of Vernon
  • District of Coldstream
  • Village of Lumby
  • RDNO
  • AJ’s Pets and Things
  • Bosley’s
  • Central Animal Hospital
  • Creekside Animal Clinic
  • Crescent Falls Veterinary Hospital
  • Fun 4 All Pet Resort
  • Healthy Spot
  • Pet Planet
  • Rusty Spur Tack & Feed
  • Sunridge Vet Clinic
  • Total Pet

renewals_onlyNEW THIS YEAR:
Renew your RDNO Dog License Online & Pay Online. Please note online renewal requires you to have an existing 2015 RDNO dog license.  Paying online requires a credit card or PayPal account.

To purchase a new license, or to pay cash or debit, please visit one of the above-listed locations.

For more information, please contact:

  • K-9 Control: 250.545.8070
  • RDNO: 250.550.3700