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Pet Ownership

Moncton city parks are for everyone to share and enjoy, responsibly.

Operation Pet Patrol is a joint initiative by the City of Moncton and the SPCA launched to promote responsible pet ownership in Moncton’s parks, public spaces, and downtown core.

Pet owners must follow these rules:

  • Renew your dog’s license every year at the SPCA, a veterinarian’s office, or at Moncton City Hall, before December 31. Proof of up-to-date vaccination is required when renewing the license.
  • Pick up your pet’s droppings in public parks, on streets and sidewalks, on trails, and on any public or private property including your own property.
  • Keep your pet on a leash no longer than three metres at all times in public places.
  • Do not allow your pet to roam on other people’s property or to run at large.
  • Do not allow your dog to cause a disturbance by barking or howling for more than five minutes between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Citizens who do not observe the by-law are subject to a fine ranging from $50 to $1,070.

With the campaign, we want to raise awareness of the City of Moncton’s Animal Control By-Law H-202. (PDF; 39 KB).

As part of Operation Pet Patrol, enforcement officers patrol city parks and public places regularly and hold several unscheduled educational and enforcement blitzes throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Some local veterinarians are also promoting responsible pet ownership by displaying informative posters in their offices and handing out information on the responsibilities of pet owners to their clients. 

  • Dog Licenses
    • Moncton residents who own a dog are required to purchase a pet license each year, as outlined in the Animal Control By-Law H-202(section 2). Licenses cost $10 for a neutered dog and $20 for a non-neutered dog. City of Moncton dog licenses are available at:
    • City of Moncton dog licenses are available at:
       - Moncton City Hall (655 Main Street)
       - Moncton SPCA (10 Greenock Street, in Caledonia Industrial Park)
       - Some local veterinarian offices
    • Moncton dog licenses expire on December 31 each year, and must be renewed on an annual basis. Proof of up-to-date vaccination is required when renewing a dog license, except for dogs of four months old or younger.
    • Important: While dogs only require vaccination when they reach four months of age, all dogs require a City of Moncton dog license, even before that age.
  • Benefits of Dog Licensing
    • Licensing your dog has benefits for everyone, including your dog!
      - Dog licenses help protect pets by helping reunite stray pets with their owners.
      - Licenses ensure pet owners are getting their dogs vaccinated, since proof of valid vaccination is required to obtain a license.
      - Pet licensing helps the SPCA keep track of dogs in the city through a database.
      - The database, in turn, helps speed up the processing of complaints and the resolution of pet-related incidents.
  • Cats at Large
    • While cats do not generally pose a threat to people’s safety, they are often found roaming at large and can be a real nuisance, damaging gardens and flower beds, leaving their droppings behind, and roaming on other people’s properties.
    • Most regulations in the Animal Control By-Law apply to cats as well:
      - While licensing is not mandatory for cats, they are not permitted to roam free on other people’s property.
      - Cats must be on a leash no longer than three metres at all times in public places.
      - Cat owners must also pick up their pet’s droppings on any public or private property, including their own.



Report an Infraction

We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in public parks and places. We are doing our best to raise awareness and increase enforcement of the Animal Control By-Law, but we need your help!

If you see someone not respecting the rules outlined in the by-law, let us know! Report an infraction by contacting the SPCA at 506-857-8698.



Contact Us

By-Law Enforcement
City of Moncton
Tel: 506-389-5928

Moncton SPCA
Tel: 506-857-8698
Fax: 506-856-4352