Responsibilities of Pet Owners

17. THAT no owner shall permit an animal to damage any property, or injure, disturb or annoy any person or other animal in any manner whatsoever, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

  • permitting his animal to run at large within the Town of Gretna, except when the owner is attending a recognized training or obedience school for training his animal at a time and place approved by the authorized  person;
  • permitting his animal to bark, howl, or yowl, or in any other way unduly disturb the peace and quiet of any person situated within the Town;
  • permitting his animal to defecate on any private property other than the property of its owner;
  • permitting his animal to defecate on any private property other than the property of its owner without causing such excrement to be removed immediately;
  • owning, keeping, or harbouring any animal which the owner knows, or reasonably should have known, is vicious or mischievous or accustomed to causing injury, unless such animal is securely fastened and properly muzzled at all times in such place and in such manner that it does not endanger the safety of any person or any other animal;
  • permitting his animal to upset waste receptacles;
  • permitting his animal to scatter waste material in or about a street, lane, or other public or private property not belonging to the owner of the animal.

Animals at Large

No owner shall permit his or her animal to trespass or to be at large in any public place or on private property without the consent of the property owner.

Why should you license your pet?

  • If your pet gets lost or is injured, it is the fastest, easiest and most cost effective way of identifying your pet and getting in contact with you.
  • Licensed pets are more likely to be returned home.
  • Licensing your pet shows that you are a responsible pet owner.
  • The information given about your pet at licensing aids in the care of individuals exposed to pet bites.
  • License fees help fund the Town's Animal Control Program.

New Residents

New residents must license their pets within 7 days of moving to the Town of Gretna; all new pets for existing residents of the Town must be licensed within 7 days of taking ownership of the dog.


No person shall have more than three (3) pets on any premises within town limits.  Ownership of pit bulls and rottweilers is prohibited.

Leash Requirements

The Animal Control By-law requires that dogs and cats be leashed when they are in a public place or on private property without the consent of the property owner.

Reporting Animal Concerns
• To report concerns of animal infractions or animal attacks, contact the RM of Rhineland:  204-324-5357

Licensing Pets
As stated in the Animal Control By-law 739-2004, all dogs and cats in the Town of Gretna MUST be licensed.  To obtain a license and tag(s), you must first have your pet vaccinated for rabies, then complete and submit an Application for Pet License.  The application, along with any other required documents and fee payment, can submitted in person at the Municipality of Rhineland, 109-3rd Avenue NE, Altona.

"It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies."
- Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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