Animal Control

Animal Control

Dog Licences

The Townships Animal Control By-Law # 2004-502 provides for the annual licencing, regulating and registering of all dogs and imposes a licence fee on all dog owners.


Application TypeFee
Dog Tag
Jan 1 - Mar 31 $15.00
Apr 1 - Dec 31 $30.00
Licenced Hunting Dog $5.00
Micro-chipped Dogs $5.00
Replacement Tag $2.00
Guide Dog / Service Dog FREE
Kennel Licence $50.00
Aggressive Dog Licence $1000.00

Purchase a Tag

In Person
Complete the Dog Licence Form and submit it at the Township Office during regular office hours. Dog Tags can be purchased using cash, cheque or debit.

By Mail
Complete the Dog Licence Form and send the form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a cheque made payable to the Township of Lanark Highlands. A copy of the Micro-chip papers and/or MNR Hunting Dog Licence must also be sent, if applicable.


  • Licenced hunting dogs require a valic MNR licence
  • Micro-chip papers must be provided in order to obtain a micro-chipped dogs licence
  • Micro-chipped dogs are required to be registered and wear a valid dog tag

Animal Control Services enforce the Regulate the Keeping and Control of Animals (To Regulate the Keeping and Control of Animals) and Regulate the Keeping and Control of Animals - Amended which make owners responsible for their pet’s actions, helps return lost pets to their owners and ensures pets are a positive addition to the community.

An animal shall be deemed to be running at large if found any place other than the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person. The Animal Control Officer may seize any animal found running at large in the Township and cause such animal to be impounded or returned to the owner.

Owners of a dog shall take all precautions necessary to prevent the dog from barking in order to not disturb the peace and quiet of any residence or persons in the vicinity.

Dog owners must pick up after their pet. Owners of a dog who allow waste to be placed on public property or private property not owned by the dog owner are liable to a fine.

The Dog Owners Liability Act (DOLA) requires that ALL Pit Bulls be spayed/neutered, on a leash of no more than 1.8 metres in length, and muzzled when off the property of the owner. When on the property of the owner, the property must be securely enclosed to prevent the pit bull from breaking out of the property.

Pit bulls can be seized by Animal Control if it is felt they are behaving in a menacing manner, have bitten or attacked a person or animal, or are considered to be a Prohibited Pit Bull (i.e. one that has not been spayed/neutered).

It is illegal to give away or sell Pit Bulls or their puppies in Ontario. The only agencies that can sell or give away these dogs are pounds and shelters.

Failure to comply with the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA) could result in charges or the dog could be ordered destroyed. For a copy of the DOLA or further information please visit

Spaying/Neutering can help to prevent your pet from wandering, and reduces the risk of many diseases. Every year unwanted animals end up in municipal pounds, cared for at public expense. If you are unable to keep your dog/cat, call Animal Control or your local pound or shelter. Please do not leave these animals to fend for themselves. This practice is inhumane and against the law.

Animal Control and Animal Cruelty are two different agencies. When considering which agency to call consider this - Animal Control protects people from animals, Cruelty Agents (OSPCA) protect animals from people. If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, please call the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) at 613-310-7722.

Keeping your flock safe from predators is critical. Information on preventative measures and compensation after the fact can be found on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website at or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

If you are the owner of livestock or poultry and have suffered a loss of livestock due to predation by a coyote, wolf or stray dog please call the Livestock Evaluator.

Contact Information
Livestock Evaluator, Ross Creighton

The Bear Wise Program teaches people about black bears as well as things they must do to keep bears away from urban and semi urban areas. For more information, visit the Bear Wise Program.

Contact Us

Anita Stuart
Animal Control Officer
613-267-9337 (Emergency Pager)

(this pager does not take voice messages - please dial your phone number using the keypad of your touchtone phone)
*All calls are confidential.


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75 George Street,
PO BOX 340
Lanark, Ontario
K0G 1K0


Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.