Dog owners reminded to keep pets under control this winter

New Brunswick Government

The Department of Public Safety is reminding dog owners that it is an offence to allow their dogs to run at large.

Wildlife is more vulnerable to being chased by dogs, and the exhaustion caused by running from dogs can lead to their death, even if they evade the animal.

A release says Conservation Officers conduct patrols for dogs at large, and owners who let them run loose are liable to a minimum fine of $124.50.

It is illegal for dogs to run at large in a wildlife area and pets should be kept under control or leashed at all times to minimize harassment of wildlife.

The province is also warning of the dangers of fur harvesting snares and traps, as several regulated hunting and fur-harvesting seasons are now open, and extend through the winter months.

It is illegal to set traps or snares within 300 meters of dwellings, schools, playgrounds, athletic fields, solid waste disposal sites and businesses.

Further, it is also illegal to disturb any legally placed trap or snare.