Animal Control

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Lac La Biche County offers animal control services in partnership with a contracted service provider, Scratch N’ Sniff. These services are governed by County Bylaw 09-020 (Animal Control Bylaw), originally passed in October 2009.

Learning about the County’s animal control services and bylaw will help you navigate the responsibilities of pet ownership. If you don’t own a pet but live near residents who do, understanding County services will help you report stray dogs and bylaw violations.

Scratch N’ Sniff (located at 67072 Range Road 134 near the hamlet of Lac La Biche) provides dog pound services, housing dogs picked up by County peace officers. Scratch N' Sniff posts photos of the animals on the Lac La Biche County Dog Pound Facebook page in the hope of reuniting lost pets with their owners. Stray and unclaimed dogs are arranged transport to the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) in Athabasca, where they'll be placed for adoption. A dog may be placed for adoption if, after 72 hours, the owner can't be located.

Scratch N' Sniff also gathers fees for impounded dogs, collects license fees if the impounded dog isn't licensed, and arranges any medical attention that impounded animals might need. Keep in mind that owners are still responsible for any fees that their pets incur, whether or not they claim the dog.

If you spot a stray or lost dog, call Protective Services at 780-623-6767. You may also report dogs that pose a danger to others, or those that are a public nuisance.

Dog Licenses

According to the Animal Control Bylaw, all dog owners in Lac La Biche County must register their pet provided that it's over the age of six months. Registering your dog helps County peace officers and Scratch N' Sniff reunite lost pets with their owners quickly, minimizing the fees that owners incur.

Dog licenses are a one-time purchase. After registering your dog, there's no need to renew your license. A regular license costs $50, and a license for a spayed or neutered dog costs $25. Owners can buy licenses at County Centre, McArthur Place, and Scratch N' Sniff Kennels and Pet Supplies.

When purchasing a license, you'll need to provide:

  • your name, street address, and telephone number;
  • the name, sex, and description of your dog;
  • proof of your dog's current rabies vaccination and other immunizations; and
  • proof of your dog's spaying or neutering.

After registering, you'll receive a tag. The tag, to be fastened on your dog's collar, will identify your pet if they become lost.

Off-Leash Area

Alexander Hamilton Park, at the eastern edge of the hamlet of Lac La Biche on Lakeland Drive, has been designated as an off-leash area for dogs. Dog owners are reminded that they must be in control of their pets at all times.


For more information, to report a dog, or for questions on anything associated with the County's Animal Control Bylaw, call Protective Services at 780-623-6767. Visit to read a full copy of the animal control bylaw.

Animal Control Bylaw 09-020

Click here to read Bylaw 09-020. You can find a fee schedule of fines for animal control violations on page 11.