The County provides Dog Control services within its borders. This is done through a contract with Red Deer based Alberta Animal Services. Alberta Animal Services can be contacted at:
Alberta Animal Services
Red Deer, Alberta
Alberta Animal Services is contracted to enforce the Clearwater County's Dog Control Bylaw. The process used in Clearwater County is educative in nature and generally follows a progression of consequences prior to issuance of a fine under the Bylaw.
Step 1: Neighbour to Neighbour
Resolving a dog related issue can often be achieved by talking directly with your neighbour. In many instances, your neighbour may not even be aware that their dog is causing a problem. This face to face communication between you and your neighbour can often resolve the issue and will do so in a way that is much more meaningful than resolution through the County's formal system.
Step 2: Warning
If talking with your neighbour has not proven to be successful, you may need to make a formal complaint to the County. This can be done by contacting Alberta Animal Services directly or by contacting Community Services to pass the complaint on to Alberta Animal Services on your behalf.
When making a complaint you should be prepared to give your name, location, contact information and nature of the complaint. A representative from Alberta Animal Services will contact you to discuss the complaint.
Step 3: Issuance of a Fine
If a warning has not proved sufficient, issuance of a fine may be appropriate. In order to issue a fine the County requires a signed statement from a witness. Without such a statement, any fine issued would not stand in a court of law.
Although the approach outlined above is generally followed, the County may choose to move directly to a fine for more serious offences.
Alberta Animal Services conducts regular patrols of the County. Matters arising are dealt with during the next regularly scheduled patrol.
In certain instances, a representative of Clearwater County may approve of a Special Patrol. This will generally only be done in the event of an abnormal circumstance or to assist emergency responders such as Fire, Police and Ambulance.
The County will not authorize a Special Patrol to deal with issues such as barking or wandering dogs, nor will a Special Patrol be issued to deal with stray dogs that have been contained by residents.
The County does not provide enforcement services relating to cats.