Animal Control

Animal Control & Licensing 

The City of Melville places a high importance on the protection and safety of both animals and residents.  In an effort to maintain and improve the quality of life and prosperity for our City Council adopted the Animal Control Bylaw No. 21/2016.

For more information on the licensing and control of cats and dogs in the City of Melville, please view our Animal Control Bylaw.

All dog and cat owners in the City of Melville are required to license their animal(s).  A license is valid until December 31st of the year in which it is issued and must be renewed every year.

  • Service animals do not require a license.
  • Tags are issued upon payment of a license fee, the tag is to be fastened to the animal(s) collar at all times.  If a dog or cat wanders off or gets lost, the tag will help us in reuniting the pet with their owner.

Dog/Cat License Fees

Spayed or neutered                            $10.00

Unaltered                                             $20.00

Replacement tag                                 $5.00

An Animal License (tag) can be purchased at the General Office of City Hall at 420/430 Main Street.



Animals found running at large within the City limits will be taken to impound. If the animal has a tag, the owner will be notified that the animal has been impounded and is waiting to be picked up. The following penalties will apply:

1st Offence:  $50.00 plus $25.00/day for Dogs or $17.00/day for Cats
2nd Offence: $100.00 plus $25.00/day for Dogs or $17.00/day for Cats

All unclaimed animals are kept for a maximum of 72 hours. 

Running at Large

We love to see residents out strolling with their fur babies and enjoying our beautiful community.

Residents are reminded that their fur babies must be leashed at all times.

Bylaw No. 21/2016 Part 3

6.All dogs and cats, when off the premises of its owner, must not be running at large.

If you would like to let your fur baby run around and play with some friends, please feel free to check out the Melville Dog Park.

The Melville Dog Park is a fenced, off-leash dog park located east of the Tennis Courts within the Melville Regional Park.

Inquiries and Complaints

All Animal Inquiries and Complaints can be directed to our Bylaw Officer.

Bylaw Enforcement Officer
Phone: 306.728.6872