Animal control bylaw education period comes to a close in Golden


In order to avoid possible fines, dog owners in the community are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Town of Golden’s Dog Licencing Program and Animal Control Bylaw Number 1157, 2005.

Over the past two years, the Town’s bylaw officer has spent considerable time engaging community dog owners on this matter – with a particular focus on providing education as to where dogs are to be kept on leash and the importance of cleaning up dog waste in public spaces.

READ MORE: Town of Golden welcomes new bylaw officer

In the following areas it is mandatory to keep your dogs on a leash: The downtown lands bound by 10th Avenue N. (Highway 95), the Kicking Horse River, and 7th Sreet N.; on the Highway 95 bridge crossing the Kicking River; Cenotaph Park; on both sides of 10th Avenue S. to the CP Rail overpass, and finally on the Rotary Trail from the pedestrian bridge to the campground. A map illustrating this area has been distributed throughout the community and is posted on the Town of Golden website, These are the busiest areas for vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and therefore for the safety of dogs and the community the Town of Golden asks residents to respect the areas and rules. Anywhere else, dogs are free to be off leash but they need to be within eyesight and under immediate charge and effective control.

Dog owners may feel their dog is friendly, but a dog at large makes many people nervous and could rush a dog on leash and agitate it.

“Despite speaking with dozens of pet owners, we are still encountering many people who are unaware of the bylaw or who are repeat offenders, who are walking dogs off leash and dog waste is still a large problem in public spaces,” says Town of Golden manager of legislative services Viv Thoss. “Dogs are not permitted to be at large to ensure the safety of the public, the dog, and other animals.”

Along with being very unpleasant to look at or step in, dog waste contains some harmful bacteria like E-Coli. Cleaning it up ensures that children, other community members, and tourists who use the trails, sidewalks, and public spaces can enjoy them.

Be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog in public spaces. Keep an eye on your dog while out walking, carry a bag for dog waste, and discard it properly. If you find yourself without a bag, look for the bins where bags are provided free of charge. The Town would like to inform residents that the educational period for dog owners is coming to a close and fines will begin to be handed out. The municipality’s animal control bylaw also requires dog owners to obtain an annual license for each dog owned over the age of four months. Fines for having an unlicensed dog and for failing to affix a dog’s license tag are $50 each. Licenses assist in the quick return of dogs found at large to their owners. Information on the Town’s dog licensing program and Animal Control Bylaw Number 1157, 2005 can be viewed on the Town of Golden website,, by clicking on the “Residents” tab.

Just Posted

Your weekly Mountain Minute

This week’s top stories… Continue reading

Highway 1 closed to due fatal accident east of Revelstoke

A dump truck lost control and the driver was ejected

Stetski talks up NDP election platform

NDP candidate for Kootenay-Columbia riding outlines election ‘commitments’ to Canadian voters

UPDATE: Boat sinks in less than a minute on Mitten Lake

A Saturday afternoon at Mitten Lake quickly turned sour for a local… Continue reading

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Most Read