Changes were made to increase pet owner responsibilities in Strathcona County.
 
With the new bylaw, depending on their property size, residents are able to add more dogs to their families.
 
Now, residents in urban areas will be able to own three dogs; people who live on five acres or more can own five dogs.
 
Owners who fail to maintain control of a dog in an off-leash area, fail to clean up after their dog while it's not on their property, allow excessive barking or leave their dogs in distress can be fined $100 dollars for the first offence.
 
"Now, the system is a gradual fine increase," Inspector Narbonne with county enforcement services said.
 
Fines are doubled for a second offence in the same year and doubled again for the third (or more) occurrence of the same offence in the same year.
 
Owners of dogs who have been deemed dangerous also are facing new requirements like mandatory microchipping and obtaining insurance in case of injuries caused by the animal.
 
2,000 residents, enforcement and owners provided input for the new bylaw.
 
The new rules come into effect January 1, 2018.

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