If you’re one of the many Kimberley residents with a pet – or two – great! What better place could there be to enjoy the companionship of a furry friend than here, where there’s room to roam? For your pet’s sake, your own, and that of others in our community, please be aware of our animal control rules and be responsible with your pet.
The City of Kimberley enforces animal control bylaws to make sure Kimberley’s human and non-human residents feel safe and free to enjoy all our great urban spaces, parks, and trails. For more information on dogs in Kimberley, please read the City of Kimberley-BCSPA Dog Brochure
Any dog not on the property of its owner must be on a leash at all times, unless the dog is in one of the three designated off-leash areas.
Kimberley is most fortunate to have three large off-leash areas for the benefit of people and their dogs. However, dogs in off-leash areas must be under the verbal control of their owner, and have a collar with a valid license attached to it. As well, dogs must not behave in an aggressive manner toward any other dog or person and must not chase or disturb wildlife.
- Lois Creek Trails, in the Townsite area of Kimberley
- St Mary’s River in Marysville, between the Marysville Falls and Bootleg Gap Golf Course
- Kimberley Nature Park, accessible by several entrances
Dogs in off-leash areas must be under the verbal control of their owner, have a collar with a valid dog license attached to it; must not act in an aggressive manner towards a person or dog; and must not chase or disturb any wildlife. Dogs defined as ‘Vicious Dogs’ (link to Vicious dogs section below) are not permitted in the off-leash areas.
Dogs over four months old kept within the City must be licensed by the City of Kimberley. Licencing your dog is one of the most important means of ensuring the safety of your pet. If your dog accidentally gets out of the yard, the licence allows the Animal Control Officer to identify your dog and get it back to you. If your dog is a ‘repeat offender’ and ends up being taken to the pound at the SPCA, you will have to pay the impound, boarding and vaccination fees, as well at an ‘at large’ fine, your dog will be returned to you. Dog licences can be purchased at City Hall during regular office hours.
Current penalties for violations of any dog control regulations, as prescribed in the City of Kimberley Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw, are as follows:
|Each Subsequent Offence|
|Fail to provide sufficient shelter||9,9(a),9(b)||$75||$150|
|Fail to provide sufficient ventilation to prevent suffering or heat injury||10||$75||$150|
|Tie an animal by the neck using rope, cord, choke chain||11||$75||$150|
|Tie an animal as primary means of confinement||12||$75||$150|
|Animal disturbing the peace||13||$75||$150|
|Feeding birds in the Platzl||14||$50||$100|
|Obstruct Animal Control Officer||15||$75||$150|
|Operate a kennel||18||$100||$200|
|Keeping more than three dogs||19||$75||$150|
|Animal at large||20||$75||$150|
|Vicious dog without muzzle||23||$200||$400|
|Vicious dog unsecured||24||$200||$400|
|Vicious/dangerous dog at large in off-leash area||28||$200||$400|
|Failure to remove excrement||29, 31, 32||$50||$100|
|Unrestrained vicious dog||38(a), (b),(c), (d)||$200||$400|
|Keeping of livestock||46||$75||$150|
|Keeping of poultry or rabbits||47||$75||$150|
|Keeping of bees||48||$75||$150|
Dogs kept within the City over the age of four months must be licensed by the City of Kimberley. Licence fees are as follows:
- 2017 Neutered Male or Spayed Female - $22.00
- 2017 Unneutered Male or Unspayed Female - $56.50
City of Kimberley dog licences can be purchased at City Hall during regular office hours.
For information on wildlife or for the list of contacts for various wildlife issues, click HERE for more information.
If you have an issue with an aggressive deer or bear, please contact Conservation at 1-877-952-7277.
For concerns regarding animal cruelty, please call the SPCA hotline at 1-855-622-7722.