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Animal Control Hours

Monday to Friday:  8am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Tel: 226-996-9969

After hours contact for dog at large or dog bite please call:

Please note that ALL other after hour calls will be redirected to our office line during regular business hours.

Responsible Animal Ownership By-law

Chatham-Kent has a comprehensive by-law aimed at protecting the well-being of all animals living in Chatham-Kent while ensuring the safety of the public.

Here are a few by-laws pet owners should keep in mind:

  • 3 dog limit per household
  • 5 cat limit per household in urban areas
  • Dogs are not to be tethered for longer than nine hours in a 24 hour period
  • Animals are not to remain outdoors during extreme weather
  • All dogs residing in Chatham-Kent must wear a dog license tag
  • Potbelly pigs, chickens, ducks, geese are just a few of the animals who cannot reside in Chatham-Kent unless in an agricultural zone.

For more please visit the FAQ page of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Full Animal Ownership By-law

If you want to report a violation of the Responsible Ownership By-Law please call us at 226-996-9969 or if you suspect neglect or abuse contact 1-833-926-4625 right away.

Pet And Wildlife Rescue also enforces the Dog Owners’ Liability Act, which includes serious dog bites, Pitbull ban and search/seize warrants.


The Municipality of Chatham Kent’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-law regulates animals in the municipality. Each bylaw infraction has a fine assigned to it.

Charges may also be laid under Dog Owners’ Liability Act with a max penalty being $10,000 and/or 6 months in jail.

Shortform Fines

File a Complaint

If you would like to file a complaint please contact us at 226-996-9969 or complete the form below.

Please note that bylaw complaints will be address during business hours only.