What are the hours of operation for Animal Control?  There is animal control coverage from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday with someone on call after hours and on weekends. Should an emergency occur after hours please call the Animal Control / Bylaw Enforcement line at 204-239-8326. Someone will assess the situation and determine if the Animal Control Officer will be dispatched.

Where can I get a dog/cat license? Dog/cat licenses can be applied for at City Hall, 97 Saskatchewan Avenue E or online at  Pet License Application. A record of current vaccination from your vet will be required in order to obtain one.

Do I have to buy a dog/cat license? Yes. As per the City of Portage la Prairie Animal Control By-Law, any dog older than six months that is being kept within City limits must have a City-issued licence. Licencing fees are outlined in the Fees & Charges schedule at http://www.city-plap.com/cityplap/city-hall/by-laws/. Pet licenses may be obtained at City Hall or you can complete the Pet License Application online.

Who should I contact if I lose my pet? You should phone the Portage la Prairie Animal Control Officer (ACO) at 204-239-8326 and let them know what your pet looks like.  Pets should be licensed, and if possible tattooed for easy identification. Make sure your pet is wearing its license at all time. Pictures of animals in the pound are posted on the City of Portage la Prairie Animal Control website at www.city-plap.com/animalcontrol after capture. Click the “canine” or “feline” tab to view pictures of impounded animals.

What should I do if I found a stray animal? Call City of Portage la Prairie Animal Control Office at 204-239-8326. Also, the City’s Virtual City Hall pet owner search by pet tag is available 24/7, please click here to access the site

Who do I talk to about a neighbor who lets their pet do its business on my yard, gets into garbage, runs at large or a dog that barks constantly? First step, speak with your neighbor. Respectfully, let them know how you feel and see if you can resolve the issue between yourselves. If the problem persists, report their name, description of dog, and, if possible, their home address to the Animal Control Officer at 204-239-8326.

My pet has been impounded. How do I get it back? If your pet is impounded, please apply to the Animal Control Officer to reclaim your pet. When applying, pet owners must provide proof of ownership and pay all outstanding penalties, fines or fees under the City’s Animal Control By-Law that apply to their animal or for breach of this By-Law. City of Portage la Prairie’s Animal Control Officer can be reached at 204-239-8326.

Can I stop by the pound to see if my pet is there?  Contact the Animal Control Officer at 204-239-8326 to arrange a time to go to the pound. Pictures of animals in the pound are posted on the City of Portage la Prairie Animal Control website at www.city-plap.com/animalcontrol after capture. Click the “canine” or “feline” tab to view pictures of impounded animals.

How long are animals held at the pound? What happens next? Animals are held for a three-day impoundment period. Following the impoundment period, animals are offered to an animal shelter or rescue organization like the Portage Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  Animals may also be offered for adoption directly from the City’s Animal Retention Facility.

Will unclaimed animals be euthanized? Although Animal Control does everything possible to find suitable accommodations for unclaimed animals through adoption and shelter/rescue placement, there is the possibility that animals could be euthanized due to health, temperament, and/or lack of placement options.

What complaints will Animal Control Officers investigate?  Animal Control Officers typically investigate complaints of excessive barking, dog bites or attacks, pets without a license, dogs or cats at large, failure to clean up pet defecation

How are pet-related complaints investigated? Animal Control officers investigate complaints by interviewing witnesses, neighbors, complainants and pet owners. When possible, the officer also collects other evidence.  Any investigation can result in a simple warning, a fine or mandatory court appearance.

When can an Animal Control Officer seize an animal? Animal Control Officers can seize animals that are found at-large (i.e. stray) within the City of Portage La Prairie limits or that the provincial Court has ordered them to seize them.

Who should I call if an animal is being abused? Contact the Provincial Animal Care line if you suspect an Animal is…

  • lacking adequate food and water
  • exposed to extreme cold or heat
  • not provided with suitable medical attention if wounded or ill
  • confined in an area of insufficient space
  • kept in unsanitary conditions
  • confined without adequate ventilation
  • not allowed an opportunity for sufficient exercise
  • suffering, seriously injured or in extreme anxiety or distress
  • An unlicensed breeding operation or kennel.

Phone Number: 204-945-8000 / Toll Free: 1-888-945-8001  /  Monitored 7 days a week  /  E-mail: animalcare@gov.mb.ca.  All reports are treated with the utmost confidentiality. Names are not released of persons who report animal welfare concerns.

What are the possible fines for violating City of Portage la Prairie Bylaw? Common fines are:

  • Excessive barking – ​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Owning an unlicensed pet – ​​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Animal at large – ​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Failure to remove defecation – ​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Failure to control or leash dog -​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Dog attack causing no injury – ​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)
  • Dog attack causing injury – ​​$130 first offence $280 second offence $530 third offence (within 12 months of first and second offence)

Can I own a dangerous dog in City of Portage la Prairie? Yes, as long as all bylaws are followed.

Skunk Control – I have a skunk in my yard, who do I call? Call Skunk Control at 204-239-8340

There are mice/rats in the yard, possibly coming from neighbouring yard, who do I contact? This is a Public Health issue – contact Manitoba Conservation – Health inspector 25 Tupper St N, or call 204-239-3187