Responsibilities of Owning a Dog in the County of Stettler

The County of Stettler wants everyone to enjoy the ownership of dogs, especially since dogs are such an important part of our agricultural lifestyle. The Dog Control Bylaw (Bylaw 1551-15 and Bylaw 1573-16 being an amendment to Schedule A-Penalties), outlines the responsibilities you have as a dog owner, and is in place to ensure that all of our residents and their dogs exist together in safety and harmony.

According to the Dog Control Bylaw, Dog Owners must ensure they abide by the following:

  1. have your dog on a leash or in a pen (not running at large)
  2. keep a dog in heat confined while in heat
  3. clean up their feces, both on both public and private property - including your own.
  4. do not allow your dog on school property, playgrounds or public sand play areas
  5. dog does not bark/howl to the point where it is causing unreasonable disturbance to your neighbours
  6. dog does not damage any public property
  7. dog does not bite, attack, chase, injure or kill any other person, animal, bicycle or motor vehicle
  8. that you cooperate with the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at all times in regards to investigations into dog offences
Fines for offences under the Dog Control Bylaw range from $100 - $2500.

Copies of the Dog Control Bylaw can be obtained through our office or downloaded here:

Dog Control Bylaw 1551-15 and Bylaw 1573-16 (Updated Schedule A - Fee Schedule)

The County of Stettler Animal Control Bylaw 1551-15 and Bylaw 1573-16 deals with animal control issues relating to dogs only within the County of Stettler, but does not include the Village of Big Valley, the Village of Donalda, the Summer Village of White Sands or the Summer Village of Rochon Sands.

If the information you are seeking is not found within our Animal Control Bylaw, please refer to the following Provincial Statutes:

-          Stray Animals Act

-          Animal Protection Act

-          Dangerous Dog Act

These may be accessed by visiting