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New Dog Control Contractors Start November 1 in the North Okanagan

Posted Friday, October 30, 2020

You may see some new faces around trails and parks in the North Okanagan! The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) will welcome the new dog control service contractors, the Commissionaires, on November 1, 2020.

Whether it’s a lost, stray or impounded dog, Dog Control Officers provide a professional level of service to ensure the safety of dogs and people in the community. They respond to calls about dogs wandering the neighbourhood, bites and attacks, and even respond to motor vehicle accidents if a dog was in the car to board and care for them while their owner is in hospital. Officers regularly patrol parks and trails within the service area to reward responsible dog owners with dog treats, check to make sure dogs are licensed, and provide a visual presence.

The phone number to reach dog control remains the same at 250-545-8070, and the Commissionaires will operate out of the RDNO’s facility at 4790 Haney Road.

And, on November 2, 2020, a new dog licensing program will launch with DocuPet. The details and instructions to purchase a dog licence will be shared on Monday, November 2. The RDNO’s Dog Control Bylaw provides dog control in the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Village of Lumby, Electoral Areas B and C and part of Electoral Area D. The bylaw is intended to help improve dog owner responsibility and accountability. Responsible dog owners make sure their pets are properly cared for, well-socialized, trained and do not pose a threat to humans or other animals.

The RDNO thanks Pat Ellis and K9 Control for her many years of service to the RDNO and her assistance and knowledge-sharing throughout the transition. Pat has worked in dog control services in the Okanagan for over 40 years!