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Animal Control ensures a safe and healthy environment for both residents and animals in North Huron.

Our Animal Control Officer provides animal control services to the Township of North Huron and enforces the Township's Animal Control By-law:

•  Dog Control By-Law - By-Law No. 41-2008

 

Dogs

All dogs in North Huron must be licenced each year and must wear their dog tag at all times. All Dog Owners must keep their dogs on a leash and abide by "poop and scoop" regulations.

A bylaw for the licensing and regulating and requiring the registration of dogs; for imposing a license fee of owners; and for prohibiting or regulating the running at large of dogs within the municipality of the Township of North Huron.

A owner or boarder of a dog(s) shall within 10 days of becoming such an owner or boarder, and thereafter on or before the 2nd day of February cause such dog(s) to be licensed for one year.

Dog tags can be purchased at the Township of North Huron Municipal Office in person or can be ordered by telephone.

Dog License Fees:

For each dog (male or female) $   30.00
For second dog (male or female) $   40.00
For third and forth dog (male or female) $   80.00
For each neutered male or spayed female dog $   15.00
For second neutered or spayed dog $   20.00
 For third and forth neutered or spayed dog $   40.00
Pitbulls and Pitbull Cross $ 125.00
License Fee to operate Breeding and Boarding Kennel $ 150.00

Dog Tags and Licences are now due and available at the Township of North Huron Municipal Office. All dogs must be licensed in compliance with Township of North Huron By-law No. 41-2008. An owner or boarder of a dog(s) shall within 10 days of becoming such an owner or boarder, and thereafter on or before the 1st day of February cause such dog(s) to be licensed for one year. A $15.00 late payment charge shall be assessed in addition to the licence fee after the due date. Proof of Rabies Vaccination must be available at the time of purchase.

The By-law requires dog owners to forthwith remove excrement left by the dog anywhere in the municipality of the Township of North Huron. Any person contravening this provision is subject to a $100.00 fine.

Excrement
The by-law requires dog owners to forthwith remove excrement left by a dog, from property other than the premises of the owner of the dog. Any person contravening this provision is subject to a $100.00 fine.

Kennel Licencing

If you wish to keep more than four (4) dogs, we require that a Kennel Licence Application be completed and an inspection be conducted before a Kennel Licence can be issued. A Kennel Licence must be applied for each year. The Zoning By-law regulates the areas in which Kennels are allowed within the Township of North Huron.

Should you need to contact Animal Control to enforce the Dog Control By-law please call Jim Renwick directly at 519-327-4681 .

 

Cats

The Township of North Huron does not have a cat by-law. Cat owners have a responsibility to keep their cat on their property, using a leash or harness if necessary. Owners are responsible to vaccinate and neuter or spay their cat to prevent attracting stray cats to the area.

 

Wildlife Concerns

Our Township Animal Control Officer does not provide a service to deal with, or remove, nuisance or injured wildlife on private property. Calling Police about non-emergency wildlife issues can take them away from dealing with other important emergencies.

Wildlife issues on private property are the responsibility of the landowner. Landowners can call pest control or animal control companies to remove wildlife from their properties.

  • If you are in immediate danger, or if the animal is aggressive and may injure someone, call Police at 911; Protection of public health and safety is a priority.
  • If you have been bitten, or had direct contact with an animal, seek medical attention and the hospital will report it to Huron County Health Unit at 519-482-3416 during regular business hours or 519-482-7077 after hours.
  • If your pet or livestock have been bitten, or had direct contact with a wild animal, contact your vet.
  • If your domestic animal has been in contact with a raccoon, skunk, fox, or bat that you suspect has rabies, contact OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) at 1-877-424-1300.
  • If a wild animal has been in contact with a raccoon, skunk, fox, or bat that you suspect has rabies, contact the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) at 1-888-574-6656.