The By-law Enforcement Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Municipality’s By-Laws.
The Municipality of West Hants has a Dog By-Law to regulate dangerous, roaming and noisy dogs. The Dog Bylaw is administered by the By-Law Enforcement Officer.
Filing a Complaint
Contact the Bylaw Enforcement Officer, in one of two ways:
Telephone at 902-798-8391
When filing a complaint, whether verbally or in writing, please include as much detail as possible, including the nature of the complaint; civic address of the dog owner (if known); the date(s) and time(s) the alleged infraction(s) took place; and the name and contact information of the complainant.
If there are concerns dealing with neglect, abuse or abandonment of animals, please contact the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.
If there are concerns regarding livestock (i.e. horses, cows, pigs, etc), please contact the Department of Agriculture Farm Animal Health and Welfare at 902-896-2299.
Please note, the Municipality does not regulate cats or other domestic animals such as rabbits, birds, etc. Please contact your local SPCA if you have concerns.
Special Constables employed with the Municipality of West Hants will not normally respond to after-hours calls or complaints unless the call involves an event which meets the description of an emergency or an event involving a dog as described below as a non-emergency. For an emergency call 911.
For further information on by-law services, please call during regular hours at 902-798-8391.
The Municipality requires that your dog be licensed every year. Having a tag on your dog’s collar will enable the Bylaw Enforcement Officer to quickly return your pet to you if he or she gets loose or lost. A license is good for one year, from April 01 to March 31.
You can purchase a license from the Municipal Office, 76 Morison Drive, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. You may also complete the Registration form and mail it to the municipal offices with your payment. Your tag will be sent out to you in the mail.
If a dog is found without a tag and we are unable to locate the owner, the dog is kept in the Municipality’s kennel for three days. If, after three days, excluding weekends and holidays, the owner is not found, the dog is given to the local SPCA for adoption.
If your dog is lost, the following resources may be helpful for locating and reuniting with your pet:
Municipal Animal Control Officer- Telephone 902-798-8391
Local animal hospitals such as:
Saint Mary Animal Hospital- Telephone 902-472-3037