Animal Control

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Dog Tags

Dog Tags must be purchased on an annual basis for each dog, by the first of the year. Dog tags are required for each dog by Council by-law. 

Why should I purchase a dog tag?

The main reason is peace of mind.  If your dog gets lost and is brought to the pound, we can contact you right away so your dog can get home.  This minimizes stress on the dog as well as you, the owner. 

Please refer to fee bylaw for fees relating to dog tags and fines.

After March 31 a late fee will apply. 

Residents who purchased tags in previous years will be mailed a renewal form. If you want your dog tag mailed to you, enclose a SELF ADDRESSED, POSTAGE PAID ENVELOPE with the payment.

Every owner shall remove excrement left by the dog on any property controlled by the Town of Lakeshore ie: Parks, trails and sidewalks.  All dogs must remain on a leash when in public places. This is in accordance with By-law 46-2002 Sections 3 (5) and 3 (6).

Lost Dogs


If you find a lost dog contact the Town of Lakeshore Animal Control Services dial 519-728-5010

The Animal Control Officer answers calls 7 days a week. 

The Dog Pound is jointly funded by the municipalities of Lakeshore, LaSalle, Tecumseh and Essex.  The goal of the Joint Dog Pound is reflected by our commitment "to maintain animal control in the County through the promotion of responsible pet ownership."

Lakeshore Dog Pound serves the Municipalities of: 

  • Lakeshore,
  • LaSalle,
  • Tecumseh and
  • Essex.

Each municipality is responsible for their own animal control.

Contact the Pound at 519-727-6495
 if you have lost a dog.
Occasionally we receive dogs from outside the above listed area, such as Chatham Kent.

The address for the Pound is 914 Puce Road accessible via 401 Puce Road exit. 

When a stray dog is brought to the pound by the Animal Control Officer, or is received from the public, every attempt is made to locate its owner.  The animal is thoroughly checked for any identifying dog tag or tattoo and scanned for a microchip.  The pound keepers make every attempt possible to locate the owner of the dog.  Once a seventy-two hour period has lapsed the dog may then be moved to St. Clair College for assessment care and possible adoption. The Dog Pound Committee recognizes the contribution of the St. Clair College Veterinary Program for their assistance and support.

During the months of June, July and August while the students at the college are on vacation,  please contact the Windsor Essex County Humane Society

There are fines that must be paid by the dog owner before the dog can be released.

Owners must also purchase an up to date dog tag before picking up their dog. 

Hours of Operation at the Pound:

  • Monday-Friday 12:00 Noon - 4:30 P.M..
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 A.M. -  3:00 P.M.
Dog Pound Mailing Address:

Attention Dog Pound,
419 Notre Dame,
Belle River, Ontario, N0R 1A0


Cat Spay and Neuter Program


The Town of Lakeshore is committed to helping control the number of feral cats in Lakeshore.  The Town will provide a $50 Voucher to eligible applicants to spay or neuter free roaming or feral cats.  The number of Vouchers annually will be dependent on the annual budget set by Council.  All cats spayed or neutered through this program will have one ear clipped to identify it as spayed/neutered.

Applications must drop off the application to the Clerk's Department for eligibility review.  Once approved, the list of participating Veterinarians and clinics will be provided along with the Voucher.   Voucher's expire 90 days after issuance and a maximum of two (2) vouchers per applicant are allowed per calendar year.  Applicants must reside in Lakeshore and be over the age of 18.

  1. Resident completes the application form available through the Clerks division at the Town Hall or on the website.
  2. Upon review of the application a voucher in the amount of $50.00 is issued to the applicant.
  3. Applicant must make an appointment with one of the veterinarians identified on the list provided with the voucher.
  4. Once the spay/neuter is complete the veterinarian will submit the voucher to the Town of Lakeshore for reimbursement.

2019 Cat Spay and Neuter Application


Stray Cats

Our Dog Pound does not have the facilities to accept stray cats. The Windsor Essex County Humane Society (519) 966-5751
will take in pet cats, strays, rabbits and small animals. The Humane Society will accept injured or sick cats at any time. Visit their website at to obtain more information and the current fee.

The Town of Lakeshore will supplement a portion of the cost of dropping off cats to the Humane Society.


Dangerous Dogs and Banned Breeds

In accordance with By-Law 46-2002, dangerous dogs and certain breeds/cross breeds of the Pit Bull and Terrier family are banned from the Town of Lakeshore.

Unless previously registered, the following breeds are banned from the Town of Lakeshore:

  • Presa Canario

  • Pit Bull

  • Staffordshire

  • Bull Terrier

  • American Pit Bull

  • American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Any hybrid dog produced from a breed mentioned above

  • Any crossbreed that possesses substantial characteristics of one or more of the above breeds


Coyotes in Urban Areas

Coyotes are part of a healthy ecosystem in Ontario. Learn how you can avoid attracting coyotes to your property, and how to protect pets and livestock. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's webpage about Preventing and Managing Conflicts with Coyotes, Wolves and Foxes.

The following documents have been prepared by the Government of Ontario, and will provide you more information about coyotes.

The Nature of Coyotes (PDF)

Coyote-proofing your Property (PDF)

Encounters with Coyotes (PDF)

Predation and Compensation (PDF)

Protecting Dogs from Coyotes (PDF)

Wildlife and Protecting Your Property (PDF)

Wild Animals in Ontario

Throughout Ontario, people and wild animals live side by side.

Many people enjoy birds that visit their gardens. Bats consume millions of mosquitoes, and coyotes eat mice and rats. However, conflicts can arise when humans encroach on wildlife habitat and wild animals behave in ways that damage our property, cost us money, or endanger our health or safety.

For more information about managing and protecting plants, animals, land, water, forests and other ecosystems, visit the Province of Ontario's Wildlife and Nature webpage.


Livestock Valuer

If livestock is killed by a dog or wild animal the owner of the livestock may make a claim and be compensated for damages through the Town of Lakeshore. The Livestock Valuer appointed by the Town of Lakeshore will need to make an on site visit to your property to assess the damage and loss of livestock. Please contact the Clerk's division for further information.


Date edited: 04/30/2019