In Merritt, you may have only two (2) dogs, two cats or two rabbits per premises (and that includes secondary suites). The only exception is puppies being weaned, up to the age of six (6) months.
If you live in an area zoned Agricultural, you may keep livestock, fur bearing animals or poultry.
Dogs must be licensed each year. The licences are valid from January 1 to December 31, and every dog over the age of six months must have a licence. The licence tag must be affixed to the dog's collar and worn at all times. If your dog is caught off your property without a valid licence, there is a $50 fee and it increases with each offence. By having your dog licenced, we will be able to reunite you with your pet should Fido make a break for it.
Pet licence fees are as follows:
For any neutered or spayed dog
For any un-neutered or unspayed dog
Lost tag replacement
Licences are available from Reception at City Hall. You will need to provide a vet certificate to prove that the animal has been spayed or neutered - you only have to show this certificate once. Spaying/neutering generally calms down the animal and reduces the chances of Fido seeking romance and wondering - it's the responsible thing to do!
Dogs must be kept under your custody and control at all times. Unsupervised dogs can land in trouble and in the pound. If your animal is found running at large, that's where it will likely wind up. While your animal will receive good care (and even veterinary attention if required) you will be subject to fines, impoundment fees and expenses.
"Guests" at the pound are kept for 72 hours. You will be notified via an impoundment notice with instructions on how to reclaim your pet. After three days pets may be sold, adopted out, or sadly, destroyed.
Under the City bylaw, if your dog bites a person or another animal, it may be designated a Dangerous Dog. Under this designation annual licence fees increase to $1000 and the dog must be kept securely confined and/or muzzled, and meet other conditions.
Please clean up after your dog. Our bylaws require that you scoop that poop and dispose of it appropriately. Failure to do so can result in a $50 fine.
Female dogs in heat must be confined indoors or in an enclosure where she cannot escape or have unwanted visitors.
For more information, please read the Animal Control Bylaw
The City does not have an animal shelter. We do operate a pound. The pound is for dealing with animals in contravention of the City bylaw only. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to deal with puppies, cats, kittens or other adoption services, or with mistreated animals. We rely on service from the Kamloops SPCA - they can be contacted at (250) 376-7722.