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Complaints - Number of Animals (Cats and Dogs)

The City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law states that a person can have in their possession or on their premises a total of no more than six dogs and cats over the age of six months, where four may be dogs, regardless of the number of people who inhabit the premises.

A person can make application for an Excess Animal Permit as per the City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law.

A person having more than six dogs and cats over the age of six months, or more than four dogs over the age of six months, without holding a valid Excess Animal Permit may face charges under the City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law.

The person would be required to appear before a magistrate in Provincial Court.


How do I register a complaint regarding someone having too many animals?

To register a complaint about a residence with too many animals, call the Animal Services Agency at 311.  At that time you will be asked a series of questions:

  • your name, address and phone number
  • the address of where the animals live
  • the date and time that you last saw the animals
  • a description of the animals

How many dogs or cats can I have?
Total of six dogs and cats, where four may be dogs over the age of six months.

There are 20 cats living in my neighbour's garage.  What can be done about i?
Please call the Animal Services Agency at 311 to register a complaint.

Is a litter of kittens considered over the limit? 
No, the restriction on the number of dogs and cats in the City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law refers only to animals over the age of six months.

My neighbours have a lot of birds in their house.  Is this allowed?
The City of Winnipeg does not regulate the number of other animal species kept except for the restrictions detailed in City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law.



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