Dog Control

Dog Licenses

By-law 2003-91 regulates the keeping and running at large of dogs in the Town of Tecumseh.  The By-law requires that all dogs in the Town of Tecumseh are to be licensed on or before March 31st of each year.  A person who acquires a dog after the 31st day of March in any year shall obtain from the Municipality a licence within fourteen (14) days after the acquisition of such dog.

The Owner of every Kennel shall on or before the 31st day of March in each year obtain from the Municipality a licence to operate.  A person who wants to establish a Kennel after the 31st day of March in any year shall obtain a licence from the Municipality.

You may purchase a licence(s) in person or by mail from the Tecumseh Town Hall.  A night deposit box, located at the entrance of Town Hall, is also available for after hours use.

The dog licence fees are as follows :

Licensing Fee Jan 1st to March 31st April 1st to Dec 31st
Male/Female $20.00 $35.00
Kennel $100.00 $125.00

Dog License Applications

If you no longer own a dog, please contact the Clerk's Office during regular working hours at 519-735-2184 Ext. 101 or 109 so that our records can be updated.

Running At Large

By-law 2003-91 prohibits dog owners from failing to keep their dogs from running at large.  To report dogs running at large, please contact the Dog Control Officer, Phil Byrne at 519-562-1730.

Dogs found to be running at large may be taken to the Lakeshore Dog Pound.

Lakeshore Dog Pound: Lost – Found - Adoptions

Contact Information  
Dog Pound Location:  914 East Puce Road
Dog Pound Mailing Address:

Attention Dog Pound
419 Notre Dame
Belle River, Ontario  N0R 1A0



Hours of Operation  
Monday - Friday 12:00 Noon - 4:30 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

When claiming a dog from the Lakeshore Dog Pound, owners must provide proof of ownership, a dog licence and are responsible for payment of the following fees:

First Impound $25.00
Second and subsequent Impounds $50.00

Any outstanding license fee

Veterinary fees and charges  
Expenses related to an order of the Medical Officer of Health  

Poop and Scoop

By-law 2003-91 and By-law 2005-43 requires the removal of dog excrement from all public property.  Failure to remove dog excrement may result in a fine of up to $105.00.

Dog Owners' Liability Act

The Province of Ontario has amended its Dog Owners' Liability Act to increase public safety in relation to dogs, including pit bulls. The date that the amended Act came into power is August 29, 2005.  The full restrictions regarding pit bulls came into effect on October 28, 2005. 

The Dog Owners' Liability Act has been amended to include the following: 

  1. Authorize the commencement of a proceeding against a dog owner where the dog poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals, or against a person who contravenes the Act, the regulations made under the Act or a court order made under the Act.
  2. Adds to the orders that may or shall be made in those proceedings.
  3. Except as permitted by the Act or regulations under it, in relation to pit bulls, prohibits owning, breeding, transferring, abandoning, importing and training to fight.
  4. Provide an exception to the prohibition for "restricted pit bulls".  These are pit bulls owned by an Ontario resident when the Bill came into force.  Owners of restricted pits bulls must ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and regulations relating to restricted pit bulls.  These regulations include:
    • Leashing (<1.8 metres in length, of sufficient strength) and muzzling (humanely and sufficiently strong and well-fitted to prevent bitting) of restricted pit bulls.
    • Spaying or neutering of restricted pit bulls.
    • When kept within enclosed property, the property is enclosed in a way that can be relied on to prevent the pit bull from breaking out of the property. 
  1. Provide for controls on pit bulls. The definition of "pit bull" includes:
    a. a pit bull terrier
    b. a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    c. an American Staffordshire Terrier
    d. an American Pit Bull Terrier
    e. a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to dogs referred to in a. to d.
  2. Provide for offences and increased penalties (up to $10,000 and six months of imprisonment) for contravention of the Act, regulations or orders.
  3. Provide for search and seizure of dogs under a warrant, in exigent circumstances or, in specified circumstances in a public place.
  4. Provide that, in a court proceeding in which it is alleged that a dog is a pit bull, the onus is on the owner of the dog to prove otherwise.
  5. Provide that where the owner of a pit bull is found to be in contravention of the Act, that pit bull must be ordered euthanized.
  6. Authorize the making of regulations respecting the control of pit bulls.

Enforcement of the Dog Owners' Liability Act is provided through the Tecumseh OPP Detachment.  Please contact 911 for assistance.

Wildlife Rabies Control Information

Map of Area

Fact Sheet - Protect your Pet

Fact Sheet - Rabies Vaccine Bait

Ontario Rabies Website

Livestock Valuer

If livestock is killed by a dog or wild animal, the owner of the livestock may claim and be compensated for damages through the Town of Tecumseh. The Livestock Valuer appointed by the Town of Tecumseh will need to make an on site visit to your property to assess the damage and loss of livestock. Please contact the Clerk's Department for the Livestock Valuer's contact information.