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Animal Control

Dog Tags are available at all waste transfer sites
or the Trent Lakes Municipal Office
during normal business hours.

The Peterborough Humane Society has been contracted by the Municipality of Trent Lakes to provide animal control services. If you encounter a loose dog in your neighbourhood, you should first contain the dog and put a leash on it if you can, and call the  Peterborough Humane Society

To Report Dogs at Large: 705-745-4722 ext 204
For After Hours: 705-745-4722 ext 656
For General Inquires: 705-745-4722 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

Dogs must be licensed in the Municipality with either a current municipal dog tag or a current dog tag issued from the dog’s area of permanent residence.

If you are a dog owner please review By-law B2018-079 Licensing of Dogs and Kennel Operations

In accordance with By-Law B2018-075, Sec. 4.2, dogs are not permitted on any public beaches in the Municipality.  Please respect the rights of others and be a responsible owner by leaving your pets at home when you are visiting these areas.

Rabies Awareness

If you believe an animal does have rabies you can call the rabies hotline at 1-888-574-6656.

Contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry office for information on problem wildlife.

For information regarding rabies please visit the provincial website

Report a rabid animal in the wild.

If you suspect a wild animal may have rabies:

  • if humans have been exposed, report the incident to your local health unit, doctor or local emergency department
  • if a domestic animal has been exposed, call your veterinarian
  • if you’re a veterinarian and need help assessing whether an animal has been exposed to rabies, call the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300
  • if neither a human nor an animal has been exposed, call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Rabies Information Line at 1-888-574-6656

Lifetime Dog Tags

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has amended By-law B2018-079 Licensing of Dogs and Kennel Operations with by-law B2019-120 to amend S.3. Licensing which has changed annual dog tags to lifetime dog tags.  The lifetime dog tags will be renewed annually by sending an invoice to the registered property owner and will only remain valid as long as the annual renewal fee is paid. Lifetime dog tags are available at Municipal office, 760 Peterborough County Road 36, and all waste transfer stations during their normal business hours or can be obtained by completing our Fillable Form.

Price before March 31st: $25.00/each
Price after March 31st: $30.00/each

Every attempt is made to locate an owner and return a lost dog to its home so please ensure that all licence and/or ID tags are up to date. Remember, a dog must be licensed and you will be considered liable.


Currently, cats are deemed feral animals and as such are not required to be licensed.

Limitations on the Number of Dogs Permitted Per Property

• A total of 3 dogs are permitted per parcel of land consisting of 2 acres or less, regardless of how many owners reside on the property.
• A total of 4 dogs are permitted per parcel of land consisting of more than 2 acres of land and not exceeding 25 acres.
• No more than a total of 10 dogs are permitted on a parcel of land of more than 25 acres.

Clean Up after Your Dog

In accordance with By-Law B2018-079, S. 2.1 it is an offence for anyone to allow a dog to deposit waste (feces) on private property or property of the municipality unless that person without leaving the scene picks up the waste and disposes of it in a proper manner.

Protect Your Dog from Wildlife Traps

It’s an offense under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997  for a dog owner in Ontario to allow their dog to run at large in an area usually occupied by game wildlife, such as forested lands and woodlots.

Licensed trapping activities take place within the Municipality of Trent Lakes. Trapping generally takes place during the winter season on Crown lands, Provincial Parks and private lands within the municipality. You should always be cautious and take steps to ensure your dog is not injured by legally set traps by ensuring they are under the control of a leash and never permitted to run at large.

Licensed trappers, with the proper authority, are allowed to trap:

  • wildlife on:
    • Crown land, which is regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)
    • conservation reserves and some provincial parks (regulated by MNRF)
    • private land, controlled by landowners and municipalities
  • 23 species of furbearing mammals including beaver, muskrat, raccoon, striped skunk, fox, coyote, wolf, marten, fisher and many more

Farmers can set traps on their own land without a licence.

Bear Problems

If you’re having a bear problem please click here for information from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Emergency encounters: Call 911 or local police if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Non-emergency encounters call the Bear Wise reporting line: 1-866-514-2327 (April 1st to November 30)

If a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

For more information on Legal Trapping or Bears please contact the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Information Centre
300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8M5
Tel: 1-800-667-1940