Animal Control -


Bears - ministry of natural resources (MNR) bearwise program

                        The MNR implements the Bear Wise Program.  This program provides information on preventing and reporting encounters with black bears.  Please call 1-866-514-2327 (April 1-November 30) if a bear is:Bear Wise Program Link

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering
Threatening/Emergency Encounters with Wild Animals

If you feel threatened by a wild animal, Ontario Provincial Police can be reached by calling 1-888-310-1122 or

Dial 9-1-1 in an Emergency.

 Emergency encounters include:bear_in_house

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site


Cats/ Feral Cats

The By-law divisionkittens does not respond to complaints regarding

cats. Please contact the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter at 519-372-1911




The animal control by-law regulates the number of pet dogs a household may have to a maximum of 2 (unless acquired prior to 2008). The by-law also requires that each dog is licenced. Licences can be obtained at Town hall. As well as bringing pet dogs home safely, providing them with shelter when a home cannot be found & by ensuring public safety from aggressive dogs.dogs

 The Town promotes responsible dog ownership in an effort to maintain a safe and enjoyable community for both people and pets. If you own a dog in the Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula, there are a few rules that you must follow:  

  1. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is a leashed Municipality. Your dog(s) must be on a leash unless you are on your privately owned property or in one of South Bruce Peninsula's "Dogs Off Leash Recreation Area (DOLRA)".
  2. You cannot have more than (two) 2 dogs per location anywhere in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.
  3. Any person(s) owning more than (two) 2 dogs prior to 2008 may keep said dogs, but must not replace them unless a valid boarding establishment-no breeding licence is obtained.
  4. You must always pick-up after your dog (shall remove forthwith excrement left by the dog) everywhere in South Bruce Peninsula and including in the "Dogs off Leash Recreation Area".
  5. Dogs are not permitted on Sauble Beach from June 1st to Labour Day in each and every year. 
  6. All dog owners are required to obtain a Dog Tag for each dog they own or keep on their property. You may complete this form and return it in person to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Municipal Office in Wiarton at 315 George Street and purchase a dog tag, OR you can mail the form with payment to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula at P.O. Box 310, 315 George Street, Wiarton, ON, N0H 2T0.  You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that your dog tag can be mailed to you. The form must arrive at our office by March 31st for the discounted rate to apply.  There are no exceptions. 


Dog Tag(s) / Licensing -

Dog licensing fees must be renewed each year.                                              dog_tag


 Cost of Tag

First neutered or spayed January 1- May 31


First neutered or spayed June 1- Dec 31


Second neutered or spayed January 1- May 31


Second neutered or spayed June 1- Dec 31


 First not spayed or neutered Jan 1-Mar 31


 First not spayed or neutered June 1- Dec 31


 Second not spayed or neutered Jan 1-May 31


 Second not spayed or neutered June 1-Dec 31 


 Boarding Establishment No breeding


 Working dogs up to 5 No breeding


 Kennel license up to 20 Boarding and breeding 


 Kennel license 21-50 dogs. Boarding and breeding


 Kennel license per additional dog over 50


 Boarding of dog for rescue


 Dogs used for sledding Up to 12


 Dogs used for sledding per additional dog over 12


  Replacement Dog Tag Fee


 Dogs on beach June 1 to Labour Day in each year - By-Law 102-2017, Section 4.3



Dog Park Locations -dogs_playing

 Location of the two (2) Town of South Bruce Peninsula "DOLRA'S"

1579 Sauble Falls Parkway - Oliphant Ball Diamond


 108 Division Street, Wiarton - Tayja's Doggy park at the Dan Davidson Ball Diamond 



  Contact By-Law Enforcement /  Animal Control Officer -

By-Law Enforcement/Animal Control/Property Standards Officer

519-534-1400 ex 143


Please be advised, you are encouraged to and in some instances will be required to make complaints in writing and signed with valid contact information, including your mailing address. It is important that we are supplied with as much information as possible to ensure that your concerns are dealt with in an accurate and timely manner. Anonymous or verbal complaints may not be investigated or enforced. All personal information collected from complainants is protected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; and will not be distributed or disclosed unless you are required as a witness.

A comprehensive list of Town by-laws can be obtained by clicking here.