Municipal Dog By-law
ByLaw Enforcement Officer
Here in Colchester County we have a Bylaw Enforcement Officer that is responsible for Animal Control. The Bylaw Enforcement Officer administers the County's Dog Control By-law, responds to public complaints and questions, and assists in stray livestock issues to make every pet the best 4-legged citizen they can be.
The By-law Enforcement Officer's office is located on the main floor of the County Courthouse, 1 Church Street, Truro. Questions and complaints may be made in person or by calling 902-897-3170 during regular business hours (8:30am - 4:30pm), evenings or weekends. In the case of night and/or weekend emergencies an answering service will take your call and contact the By-law Enforcement Officer.
Filing a Complaint
When filing a complaint please note you are required to provide your name, address, and phone number. The Bylaw Enforcement Officer will need you to include as much detail as possible, including the nature of the complaint; civic address of the dog owner; and the date(s) and time(s) the alleged infraction(s) took place. All of this information is vital to the investigation of any complaint.
If you feel like you want to open your home to another pet, adoption is a benefit to both you and the pet you will bring home. Although the Municipality of the County of Colchester's Animal Control does not adopt out animals they do work with the volunteers at multiple animal rescue groups in the Atlantic Provinces for dogs that are able to be rehomed. If you feel adopting a dog in need is right for your family we encourage everyone to check out www.petfinder.com for dogs available near you. You'll be amazed how many lives adoption saves.
Dog Licenses/ Tags
Every dog in the Municipality of Colchester are privileged to have access to the most practical and fashionable accessory piece, Dog Tags. Licenses are good for one year, from January to December. Every dog should have a licence to help them be brought home sooner when they're lost or loose. Each tag is $12.00 and can be purchased from any of the following:
- The By-law Enforcement Officer
- Community Development Department, County Office
- All My Pets
- Central Nova Animal Hospital
- Fundy Veterinarians (both Murray Siding and Shubenacadie locations)
- Truro Veterinary Hospital
- Stay N' Play Canine Centre
- Furture Worx Tatamagouche
Please click the following link to view the pdf Dog Registration Form (225 KB) .
If your dog is lost there are several places you can contact to help. Post your dog on the lost and found section on the radio, speak to neighbours, call the Animal Control Officer, and contact the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network. All of these people will do what they can in assisting you to find your dog.
Who to Contact: Animal Abuse and Neglect
Any Farm Animal (Horses, Cattle, etc.)
If you suspect that livestock are being mistreated please contact the Nova Scotia Department of Environment: Farm Animal Welfare at:
Phone: 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476)
Small Domestic Animals (Cats, Dogs, etc.)
If you suspect that domestic animals are being mistreated please contact the Provincial SPCA at: 1-888-703-7722
Animal Control Complaints in the Town of Truro
As of June 1 ,2016 the Municipality of the County of Colchester no longer offers animal control services to the Town of Truro. If you live in the town please contact Truro Police Dispatch at 902-895-5351