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 ( 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:

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:


TNRD Toll Free:


Please control your dogs

A senior dog was recently injured by 2 off-lead dogs on the Grey Canal Trail – see

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:

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

Man’s Best Friend: Family Member or Property?

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):

Responsible dog owners earn the respect of all park users.

Please enjoy your visit to a dog-permitted park in Greater Vernon:

  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Keep dogs under control at all times.
  • Pick up after your dogs immediately, and dispose of waste properly.

When entering an off-leash park, please keep your pet leashed until you are in the park – the parking lot is not a dog-permitted park.

Follow this link to find out more about Greater Vernon’s dog-permitted parks.

K9 Control has joined Facebook

K9 Control has create a Facebook page to harness the power of social networking to help reunite dogs with their owners.  Head on over to Facebook to give us a like!

We will post photos of impounded dogs that are in search of their owners.  Please SHARE with your network.

From time to time, we may also advertise dogs that are looking for a new forever home. Again, please SHARE and check back often!

If you’ve lost your dog, please head to our Facebook page and post a photo and description of your lost dog – be sure to include where your dog was last seen or heading towards, and how to contact you. We moderate all posts to our page, so your post may not appear immediately. Inappropriate posts will be deleted.  Remember to also file a Lost Dog report, talk to your neighbours and call the radio station.