Animal Control Bylaw

The Yellowhead County Animal Control Bylaw is enforced by the Yellowhead County Peace Officers and can be viewed here.

The Animal Control Bylaw lists specific regulations for owners in caring for their pets.

As a rural municipality, Yellowhead County recognizes the value of livestock and various animals to local residents and producers. With that in mind, the county has drafted this bylaw to better govern the keeping of animals for resident safety and environmental stewardship.

Animal and Dog ownership in Yellowhead County

County residents must keep their pets confined to their property or leashed at all times. No owner is allowed to let their pets roam free or become a nuisance to other landowners and passersby.

Dog owners are required to prevent their dogs from:

  • Running at large
  • Howling excessively or disturbing the peace of others
  • Causing damage to public or private property
  • Biting, attacking, threatening, harassing, chasing, killing or injuring any person or other animals
  • Biting or chasing any vehicle

Yellowhead County residents are also responsible for any other domestic animal or livestock in their ownership.

Community Peace Officers patrolling the county continue to enforce the animal bylaw and all other Yellowhead County bylaws. Animals may be impounded for infractions and owners may face impound fees and or fines in that circumstance.

Animals picked up by Yellowhead County Enforcement Services are brought to the Edson Pound. For more information please visit their website:

Town of Edson Pound

The Edson Pound is located at the Public Works building at 3240 – 1st Avenue (first left East of the overpass). The pound is open Monday to Friday 7:30am – 12pm & 12:30pm – 4:00pm.
Phone: (780) 723-6461

Hinton and District SPCA

The Hinton and District SPCA is the only SPCA between Kamloops B.C. and Edmonton AB. Located in Hinton, Alberta, it serves Jasper, Edson, Hinton, Grande Cache and Yellowhead County.

The Hinton & District SPCA is located at 209 Kelley Road,  Hinton.
For SPCA services please call 780.865.2800

Yellowhead County strongly urges its residents to properly care for their animals and ensure that they are not a threat to any surrounding neighbours.

If you have any questions regarding the Yellowhead County Animal Bylaw, please contact 780-723-3221.