The City of Estevan is reminding residents that it time to renew their pet's licence.
"It is such a good idea because it does keep track of the animals," shared Estevan's Bylaw Officer, Special Constable Josie Newton. "If you do licence your animal, it does give you a waived impound fee and one waived running at large fine for a year."
"Your animals will have a tag on it that is registered through City Hall and it will have a serial number on it and City hall will have all your information showing your name, your address, your phone number, and a description of the animal. So if it does get out, or it is found running around, we can get it back to you faster."
The cost for dogs and cats that are not vaccinated and not spayed or neutered is $110 per year. If you animal is vaccinated and spayed or neutered, that cost goes down to $10 per year.
"Proof of vaccination or a certificate from a vet is required upon licencing."
If you don't licence your animal and it gets away, you may be in for some trouble.
"You can definitely call and we can help you out. Under the bylaw, there can be a charge laid for an animal for one, running at large and two, having been found without a licence on. If the dog or cat is found it would be transported to the Humane Society if we cannot find the owner for it."
You can renew or apply for a licences at City Hall.
Another problem Newton and other residents in the city have noticed is dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs.
"It's just common courtesy to pick up after your animals because when the snow melts, everything does show up and it's not very pleasant to run into something like that."
She adds that there is a $50 charge for not picking up after your pet for the first offence and then double and/or triple after that.