COMMON ANIMAL ISSUES
Community Animal Services is tasked with providing animal control and related bylaw enforcement to manage and resolve concerns related to domestic animals. The City of Lethbridge currently regulates animals through two bylaws, The Dog Control Bylaw 5235 and The Wild or Domestic Animals Bylaw 3383.
There is currently no bylaw for the control or keeping of cats within the City of Lethbridge.
Learn more about common animal issues, and how they can be solved.
Stray or Nuisance Cats (managed intake)
Currently, there is no bylaw regulating the control or keeping of cats in the City of Lethbridge. The animal shelter must manage the intake of strays to ensure the proper care, safety, and health of the animals in our facility. Our goal is to return lost pets to their owners and adopt out those that go unclaimed.
Complaints of barking dogs are one of the most common reports we receive. Dog owners need to monitor the pet's outside time to mitigate any incidents of excessive barking.
What would constitute a barking complaint?
Dogs outside barking frequently for long periods of time without any correction, in such a way that disturbs the peace and enjoyment of the neighborhood.
Frequent incidents of barking overnight and early in the morning that cause a disturbance.
If you are experiencing an issue of barking that has created a disturbance; take the following steps.
Have a friendly conversation with the pet owner, often they may not be aware that there is an issue and it can be resolved without any enforcement intervention.
If the issue continues, or you are not able to speak with the pet owner, you can file a complaint with Community Animal Services to initiate an investigation. You can make a report by using the online Complaint Form. Once a complaint has been filed you may need to complete a statement form and log, and you could be required to testify in court if charges are filed against the dog owner.
Dog Attacks and Bites
Dog owners are responsible for ensuring the control of their animals at all times, this includes preventing the dog from being a threat to any person or other animal. The Dog Control Bylaw 5235 for the City of Lethbridge and the Dangerous Dogs Act of Alberta sets out several fines and other enforcement actions in response to incidents where a dog has created a threat or caused an injury to a person or other animal.
All dog bites should be reported!
If you have been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention and then report the incident to Community Animal Services as soon as possible by calling 403-320-4099 (option 1) or using the online complaint form. If you are reporting a dog attack/ bite, be prepared to provide the following information:
Your name and contact details.
Date, time, and location of the incident.
Description of the subject animals, and any information known about their ownership.
The responding officer will collect a statement from you as well as photos/ descriptions of the injuries.
If you have witnessed an incident where a dog is acting aggressively and creating a threat to people or other animals, report it as soon as possible.
Dog bite prevention.
Remember that any and all dogs can bite and that dogs use their teeth to communicate to you when they are scared or protective of themselves or their space.
The Wild or Domestic Animals Bylaw for the City of Lethbridge regulates the keeping of certain wildlife and livestock type animals. No person shall keep the following within the City of Lethbridge:
Livestock (horses, cattle, pigs, goats etc.)
Poultry (chickens, ducks, etc.)
Wildlife (big game, birds of prey, fur-bearing carnivores species etc.)
This does not apply to land classified "farm" in the Land Use Bylaw, and the keeping of a signal rabbit on a residential property. If you have concerns that someone is keeping livestock or wildlife on a property within the city, you can report it using the online Complaint Form.
▶️ For issues with nuisance wildlife on your property, please contact a local pest control business.
▶️ For concerns related to large injured, or dangerous wildlife, contact Alberta Sheriffs Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-800-642-3800.
▶️ For safety concerns about rattlesnakes in public spaces or private yards, call 403-332-6806 in the City of Lethbridge.
▶️ For wildlife concerns in parks and public spaces, call the City of Lethbridge at 3-1-1.