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Jurisdiction

We are mandated to do Animal Control in the City of Bathurst ONLY (548-8537). The city of Bathurst Animal Control By-law covers both cats and dogs. If you live in Beresford, Nigadoo, Pointe Verte and Petit-Rocher please call  Pat Gionet (783-2420) at the Beniro Shelter for stray dogs. For dogs in the Local Service District of Chaleur and the Acadian Peninsula please call the NBSPCA, 1-877-722-1522.

Please note that dogs in the LSD Chaleur Region and Acadian Peninsula fall under the Department of Environment and Local Government and they have contracted the NBSPCA to do this work. Dogs are held for 48 hours only, exclusive of weekends and holidays. There is no provision in the LSD areas for stray cats.

City of Bathurst by-laws mandate a holding period of 5 days. However, if the animal is severely injured or ill and all reasonable attempts to reach the owner has failed we can humanely euthanise the animal to end its suffering. City of Bathurst by-laws also cover stray cats and both dogs and cats must be licensed regardless if they are indoor or outdoor.

Due to the limited time for holding dogs or cats for the City of Bathurst we are not able to post pictures of all strays brought in.  Please call us at 548-8537 if you have lost your dog or cat in the City of Bathurst ASAP. Time can be crucial if your pet is lost, ill or injured.

PLEASE NOTE. We are not currently providing any pound services for the provincial NBSPCA for rural dogs outside of Bathurst. Please call the provincial NBSPCA if you are looking for your dog at 1-877-722-1522. We regret the inconvenience but, we are not mandated to provide this service by the provincial government and inquiries, complaints or request for information should be forwarded to the NBSPCA office in Fredericton, your LSD representative or your MLA.

 I Am Your Animal Control Officer

I am your animal control officer. I am not the dreaded "Dog Catcher" or the "Murderer" you call me.

I'm not the one who allows your pet to roam the streets, to contract diseases from other free roaming animals, to be hit by passing motorists or poisoned by rotting garbage. I am the one who must look into those sick, pain-glazed eyes, try to remove the animal without causing it further pain and then humanely "put it to sleep" to end its suffering.

I'm not the one who allows your pet to breed, then dumps the unwanted puppies and kittens on the roadsides and in the shelters. I'm the one who must find the tiny animals before they die of starvation, exposure or disease and as an act of mercy, put them down when no room or hope is left.

It hurts me to be forced to kill hundreds of animals each year but, because of your irresponsibility, I have no choice.

I'm not the one who abandons unwanted animals on farm roads, telling myself some friendlier farmer will surely take them in and give them a good home. But I am the one who picks up the frightened animal who waits in vain for its beloved master, wondering why it has been abandoned. I am the one who must help that friendly farmer trap, tranquilize or kill that animal because it has begun to roam in packs with other abandoned hungry animals, killing livestock, fowl or game.

I am not the one who breeds and fights dogs in the name of "sport". But I am the one who fights the breeder's and participants, and pick up dead and dying animals left behind.

I'm not the one who keeps a pet confined in an area too small; without food, water, or exercise. But I must deal with the irresponsible owner who does.

I'm not the one who refuses to spend time and money to keep up with regular inoculations that all pets require. But I am the one who must pick up a sick animal that is dying from a preventable disease.

So remember, the next time your child is bitten by a stray dog, your trash is dumped and scattered, your pet is lost, stolen, poisoned or hit by a car, it is the Animal Control Officer you call, not the "dog catcher".

The next time your pet is picked up, or you're cited for neglecting or abusing it, remember that I am only trying to get you to fulfill your responsibility to your pet, your neighbor and yourself.

Do not scorn me. Respect me, for I am the product of owner irresponsibility. I love animals, and I do care.

ANONYMOUS

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City of Bathurst Licensing Fee

$35     Unspayed Female Dog                  

$10     Spayed Female Dog                      

$35     Uneutered Male Dog                   

$10     Neutered Male Dog                       

$ 5      Indoor Cat                                      

$ 5      Outdoor Cat                                  

$ 2      Replacement Tag                             

$200   Dangerous/Guard Dog                    

Senior Discount is 20% off of the above fees

Please Note: After March 31st a late fee of $10 is added to stated fees

It is an offence to fail to license your animal in any given year and you are subject to fines of $100 for each animal that is not registered.

Please Note:

Barn cats on a recognized farm are exempt from the license fee but must be registered and vaccinated.

Service dogs are exempt from the license fee but must be registered and vaccinated.

All dogs and outdoor cats must also be vaccinated in the city of Bathurst. Only indoor cats are exempt, however, all animals must be licensed.

Licenses are good for the calender year only and expire December 31st of the given year. Vaccines are good for a year from the actual date of administration. Please have your vaccine records ready, as well as, your proof of spay/neuter. Should you not have your vaccine records with you we will license your animal with a 30 day notice to show your vaccine records or a fine may be issued for non compliance.

Licences for cats and dogs in the City of Bathurst can now only be purchased at the shelter or from your Animal Control Officer. You can no longer purchase your tags at City Hall. We are open Tuesday through to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. If you have no means of transportation you can call us to make arrangements for the Animal Control Officer to drop off your tag to your home. Please have proof of spay/neuter and vaccines available at all times as we cannot sell you a license without them. The shelter has access to a debit machine, however, the Animal Control Officer can only accept cash transactions on the road. You are also able to call the shelter directly to purchase your tags over the phone with Visa or M/C and we can mail or deliver your tags to you by the next business day. If you have any other questions please feel free to call us at 548-8537 or fax 548-5811.

Stray Cats From Outside the City of Bathurst

We are not mandated to take stray cats other than those INSIDE the City of Bathurst. We will take stray cats from OUTSIDE the city ONLY if we have room. We charge a nominal fee of $10 for this service. You must CALL AHEAD and bring the cat to the shelter if we have authorized you to do so. If you do not show up at the time you stated you must call again to confirm we still have room. We hold rural cats for 48 hours. If not claimed we will process the cats as any other cats in our system. Owners will be subject to boarding and impound fees and any vet costs for reclaiming your cat(s). Thank you for your cooperation.

Fines, Boarding and Impound Fees

When your animal is picked up at large there are fees which you may pay in addition to any licenses.

$35     Impound Fee

$15     Per day Boarding

Fines                         

          $100     1st Offence                

          $200    2nd Offence                                          

          $300   3rd  Offence               

         

Before you can claim your animal you will be required to pay all fees related to your animal prior to the animal being released to you.

Rural Dog License Fees

Licenses for the LSD Chaleur area are also available at the shelter or from the Animal Conrol Officer. You can also purchase them at the Service New Brunswick Office or the Dept. of Environment and Local Government. Regardless of genser, all licenses are $15.00 and are good for the current calender year.

PLEASE NOTE! Licences for cats and dogs in the City of Bathurst can now only be purchased at the shelter or from your Animal Control Officer. You can no longer purchase your tags at City Hall. We are open Tuesday through to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. If you have no means of transportation you can call us to make arrangements for the Animal Control Officer to drop off your tag to your home. Please have proof of spay/neuter and vaccines available at all times as we cannot sell you a license without them. The shelter has access to a debit machine, however, the Animal Control Officer can only accept cash transactions on the road. You are also able to call the shelter directly to purchase your tags over the phone with Visa or M/C and we can mail or deliver your tags to you by the next business day. If you have any other questions please feel free to call us at 548-8537 or fax 548-5811.

Licenses for the LSD Chaleur area are also available at the shelter or from the Animal Conrol Officer. You can also purchase them at the Service New Brunswick Office or the Dept. of Environment and Local Government.