Government of New Brunswick
Better Protection for Animals

Dogs are an important part of family life for many New Brunswickers. They bring us great joy, and we need to care for them properly and protect them.

New - Tethering Restrictions

Tethering dogs for an extended period of time increases their level of stress, protectiveness and vulnerability, as well as their potential for aggression.

Effective December 1, 2014, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (SPCA Act) will restrict province-wide tethering of dogs during the nighttime.  The tethering of dogs will not be permitted for more than 30 minutes between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless the owner or person responsible is outside and within 25 metres of the dog.

The associated fine for not complying with this restriction will be a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $200,000.

Restricting tethering will ensure that dogs are not tethered 24 hours a day.


Other enhancements

Responsible pet ownership includes vaccination against rabies.  As of December 1, 2014, the fine for failing to have a dog vaccinated against rabies will be $140 to $640.  Other offences, such as permitting a dog to run at large, will carry the same fine.  

The Provincial Dog Regulation under the Municipalities Act (for local service districts) will make these penalties consistent with those available in municipal animal control by-laws.

In local service districts, seized dogs will be allowed to be impounded for three days (72 hours), a change from two days (48 hours). The daily impound fees for dogs will increase from $5 to $15 per day in order to more accurately reflect the cost of impounding a dog.


Multi-year licences

Beginning in 2015, dog owners in local service districts will have the opportunity to choose a multi-year dog licence.  The rate for a one-year licence will remain the same at $15, while the rate for a two-year licence will be $25 and a three-year licence will be $35.  Dog licences will continue to be available for purchase from any NB SPCA Dog Control Officer or Animal Protection Officer, as well as many Service New Brunswick Centres and SPCA Animal Shelters in the Province.


The protection of animals will continue to be overseen and enforced by the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NB SPCA).

To report neglect or abuse, call the NB SPCA at 1-877-722-1522.