(Photo courtesy City of Parksville)

(Photo courtesy City of Parksville)

Parksville reminds dog owners to obtain licences for their pooches

All dogs older than 6 months must be licensed every year

The City of Parksville reminds residents that bylaws require all dog owners to obtain municipal licences for their pets.

All dogs over six months of age must be licensed every year with the city. The cost will depend on whether the animal is spayed or neutered, and licences are valid for the calendar year, according to a news release by the city. Fees support the return of lost pets to their owners.

“Dog licences are the fastest way to reunite you with your lost dog,” reads the release. “Fees also help to offset the cost to maintain our off-leash dog park, provide dog waste bags and dispensers throughout the city and provide bylaw enforcement to handle public safety concerns of stray, off-leash and dangerous dogs.”

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Parksville municipal dog tags can be purchased in-person from the city (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the BC SPCA (Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.).

Many of the dogs brought to the BC SPCA are dogs that never run loose, but have escaped from a yard accidentally, according to the city.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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