The Village of New Maryland has contracted the services of an Animal Control/Protection Officer through the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA). The contract provides the service of a uniformed Officer skilled in the provisions of providing this service to be dispatched within the Village. Under this agreement the NBSPCA has agreed to provide services related to carrying out the functions and enforcement of the Provincial Dog Regulation, New Brunswick Regulation 84-85, under the Municipalities Act and the Village’s Animal Control By-law No. 52-2006.
The NBSPCA provides dog/cat control and shelter operations; the provision of an animal neglect and abuse investigation services in accordance with its Province of New Brunswick service mandate; a toll-free bilingual dispatch service; animal control/protection officer on an as needed basis; issuing of compliance orders, tickets and fines; transportation of the animal to veterinary care, if required; transportation of the animal to the impound facility; and quarterly reporting of statistics related to the animal control service.
REPORTING OF ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUES
Animal control issues such as stray dogs, unleashed dogs, barking dogs, dog bites and/or dangerous dogs, etc., can be reported to the NBSPCA 24-hours a day at 1 (877) 722-1522. Please note that the after-hours dispatch and answering service is the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure after-hours answering service. We ask for residents’ patience and to provide the details of your call indicating that your call is an animal control issue, that you are located in the Village of New Maryland and that you are requesting assistance from the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. When possible, please provide a description of the dog/animal and the address of the owner.
Please Note: The NBSPCA nor the Village of New Maryland have authority over wildlife. For any issues concerning wildlife, please contact the Department of Natural Resource’s toll-free number at 1 (877) 952-7277.
ID YOUR PET
All dogs in the Province are required by law to be registered and wear a dog tag. It is crucial for your pet to have identification so they can be returned if they get lost. Pets without identification are problematic in that it makes it challenging to reunite them with their owners. In cases such as this, our Animal Control Officer will pick up the stray animal with no tag and will immediately dispatch the stray to a shelter. If a microchip is found in the pet the owners are contacted and the fees associated with the sheltering of the animal, transport fees, licensing fees, and/or fines must be paid prior to the release of the animal.
Residents can purchase dog licences/tags at the Village office Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with the exception of holidays). The cost for spayed or neutered dogs is $15.00 and for non-spayed or non-neutered dogs is $30.00 and dogs are required by law to wear their licence at all times. Please Note: proof of up-to-date rabies inoculations must be provided at the time the dog licence is purchased.
Impound facilities at the nearest SPCA shelter, up to 3 (three) days of impound for each animal found running at large and the cost to the owner will be $15.00/per day (to be paid prior to the release of the animal), provide return transportation service to return the animal to the owner, if so required and authorized by the Village of New Maryland (the fee for this service is $125.00 HST included) and reviewed annually by the NBSPCA and the Village.
The Village of New Maryland has agreed, by contract, that no animal will be returned to its owner until payment for all expenses related to their animal being at large are paid and the current tags are purchased. These fees will include all fines, tickets, purchase of the required licence tag(s), shelter fees and any veterinary expenses. If it cannot be determined that a dog/animal has had its rabies shot, one will be provided at the owner’s expense.
REPORT CRUELTY & ABUSE
Call the NBSPCA’s province-wide, 24-hour a day, 7 days a week, bilingual toll-free phone number: 1 (877) 722-1522.
Reports are investigated by the Society’s Animal Protection Officers who also assist the municipal police and RCMP on animal-related matters. Under the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Animal Protection Officers have the authority to seize animals, conduct investigations and in co-operation with other law enforcement agencies and the Crown Prosecutors office bring charges under the SPCA Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.
EDUCATE & ADVOCATE
The NBSPCA also promotes humane education, advocates for all animals, works for stronger animal protection laws and co-operates with government agencies and other animal welfare groups in the province and across Canada. NBSPCA Code of Practice for the Care of Dogs in New Brunswick