Sturgeon County Animal Control

Animal Control

Sturgeon County Animal Control is here to respond to animal-related complaints and ensure bylaws are followed.
What does that include?

  • regulate the keeping of poultry or fowl, including urban hens
  • identify the number of animals allowed and where they can be kept; and
  • Enforcing Sturgeon County Dog Control Bylaw

How do I report an animal-related concern or complaint?

Bylaw officers are available to discuss your concern. You can call our Animal Control Officer at 780-939-8419. Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After hours calls can be directed to 780-939-4321 and will be handled through the answering service.

Animals in distress or animal welfare issues should be directed to the Alberta SPCA at 1-800-455-9003

For emergencies, please contact 911


Sturgeon County Animal Control Officers make every effort to identify dogs using tags on their collar, microchip, or tattoos. If the dog cannot be identified, it is brought to the Edmonton Humane Society.
The Edmonton Humane Society – Phone: 780-471-1774
13620 163 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Nuisance Dogs

Dog owners can face a fine for allowing their dog to be a nuisance.
Under the Dog Control Bylaw, a nuisance dog:

  • howls or barks excessively
  • bites, attempts to bite, barks at, or chases any person, domestic animal, or livestock; or
  • does any other act that causes harm, damage, or injury to a person, animal, or livestock.

Fines under this section range from $300.00 to $1000.00.


Vicious Dogs

Our Dog Control Bylaw employs strict guidelines for owners of dogs that are deemed vicious, including mandatory confinement, control, signage, and licensing.
Under the Bylaw, vicious dogs are defined as any dog that has:

  • without provocation, chased, injured, or bitten any human, domestic animal, or livestock, or;
  • without provocation, damaged or destroyed any public or private property, or;
  • without provocation, threatened or created the reasonable apprehension of threat to another human, domestic animal, or livestock.

Owners of a vicious dog are required to pay a $1000.00 annual licensing fee and could face fines ranging from $500.00 to $2500.00 for various offences.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Many Sturgeon County residents have a furry family member, allowing them to keep active and provide companionship. Sturgeon County encourages all pet owners to be responsible and familiarize themselves with Animal Control Bylaw and the Dog Control Bylaw.

  • Providing proper identification for your dog
  • Spaying and neutering companion pets
  • Keep your pet safe in the winter
  • Knowing how to report a lost animal
  • Ensuring your pet is on a leash in public spaces

Dog Licensing