The By-law Enforcement Officer handles concerns and complaints regarding dogs running at large or dogs that bark constantly.

If you have found a dog OR If you have lost your dog…

During our business hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm, contact our Municipal Office at 705-636-5941.


LOST DOG FOUND ON DEER LAKE ROAD, EMSDALE- Male Australian Cattle Dog, please contact the office.


Dog Licensing

Licensing your dog will help enable the Canine Control Officer and/or the Ontario SPCA to notify you so you may recover your pet should your pet be impounded as a result of being found at large or trespassing on the property of others. Please ensure your pet wears its license tag at all times; doing so allows officers to retrieve ownership information.

Lifetime dog tags will continue to be valid for the lifetime of the dog that it was originally purchased for. All owners of dogs must purchase and affix a dog tag or be subject to a fine as outlined in By-law 2006-01, as amended.

License Fees

Various Fees Related to By-law #2006-01

Dog tag fee                              $10.00

Replacement Tag                     $5.00

Kennel License                        $150.00

Guide or Service Dogs             FREE

Please notify the Municipal Office of any change to your address or pet ownership status so that we can update our records. Annual Dog tags may be purchased at the Municipal Office, 1695 Emsdale Road, Emsdale, Ontario P0A 1J0.

NEW- Dog tags can now be purchased at the Transfer Station & Recycling Centre, please see attendant for more information.


A recent outbreak of the arctic fox strain of rabies has occurred in Northeastern Ontario. It is important for people to ensure that their children do NOT approach wild or stray animals. People should also ensure that their pets are properly vaccinated and not be allowed to run free. Rabies is fatal if untreated.

For further information, contact the North Bay & District Health Unit at 474-1400 and ask to speak to a public health inspector. You can also visit their website ( and find more details.

Animal Cruelty phone number