Frequently asked questions for dog owners

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What is the City of Swift Current’s licensing policy for dogs?
If you own a dog that is six (6) months of age or older, you must have it licensed by February 28 of each year. Application forms for Dog Tags are available at City Hall or online at www.swiftcurrent.ca/pets

What is the cost of a dog license?

ITEM COST
License fee $28.00 (before deductions)
Dog Park fee $2.00 (Bylaw No. 14 – 2014)
Total $30.00 (before deductions)
Spay/Neuter deduction $13.00
Rabies Vaccination deduction $3.00
Total cost after deductions $14.00

Is there a leash policy for dogs in Swift Current?
As a dog’s owner, you are required to keep your pet on a leash and under control when the dog is not on your private property. The leash cannot exceed two (2) metres in length.

Swift Current is home to a large, fenced-in Off-leash Dog Park, which is located at the foot of Hillcrest Drive east of Highway 4. Your dog(s) are free to roam year-round in this great location!

Does the City have a regulation regarding dog poop?
Absolutely! If your dog poops on any property — public or private — other than your own, it is your responsibility as the dog’s owner to remove the poop immediately. 

Is there a limit to the number of dogs I can possess?
You can possess up to three (3) dogs that are over the age of six (6) months old. 

What is the City’s policy regarding impoundment?
As a dog’s owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet remains on your property at all times when it is unattended. If your dog is found or reported running at large within City limits, it will be located by the City Dog Catcher and impounded at the Swift Current SPCA (2101 Knight Crescent) at your expense.

The fee for dog impoundment is $55 for a first offence, plus $6 per day that your dog is held. Subsequent offences are $80 plus $6 per day the dog is held.

If an impounded dog has City Tags, its owner will be notified, and the dog will be held for seventy-two (72) hours, after which time it becomes available for adoption.

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about domestic animals?
The City’s Planning & Growth Development Division is here to help you. Please contact us by phone at 306-778-2740, or by email at plng@swiftcurrent.ca, and we will be happy to assist you.