Councillor wants pet owners to pay up

There’s roughly 60,000 dogs in Vancouver, but only about 30 per cent of the animals are licensed.



One Vancouver councillor is now calling for a crackdown on pet owners who don’t abide by the law.


The money from dog licences, which run from $35 to $65, funds patrolling, bylaw enforcement and shelters.

Coun. Kim Capri said Vancouver’s lax licence enforcement means those services are lacking. As a result she’s introduced a motion, based on Calgary’s model, to bring the city more money.

"It’s through the sale of (Calgary’s) licences that they’re able to operate their shelter (and) do some pretty innovative programming around (urban animal) education," said Capri.

The money they accrued from aggressive licensing, including a hike in fines for animals without licences, provided the city enough revenue to build a high-quality new shelter.

Should Vancouver follow suit it would mean more patrollers and staff to enforce bylaws, which Capri said would mean cleaner and safer parks.

Council will review the motion on Thursday.


  • There’s one dog for every eight people in Vancouver.