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) 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 that they do the following:

  1. have your dog on a leash or in a pen (not running at large)
  2. that your keep a dog in heat confined until the are no longer in heat
  3. that you clean up their feces, both on both public and private property - including your own.
  4. that you do not allow your dog on school property, playgrounds or public sand play areas
  5. that your dog does not bark/howl to the point where it is causing unreasonable disturbance to your neighbours
  6. that your dog does not damage any public property
  7. that your dog does not bite, attack, chase, harass, or injure any other animals or persons
  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

The County of Stettler Animal Control Bylaw 1551-15 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 Village of Botha, the Village of Gadsby, 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