An Animal Control Officer or the Poundkeeper may impound:

  • an unlicensed dog
  • any animal found to be running at large
  • any dangerous dog found to be in a place or in circumstances prohibited by the Animal Bylaw

Impounded animals may be claimed at Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd. (VACS) Pound and Adoption Centre upon payment of impoundment fees, boarding fees, license fees (if applicable).

Impounded animals are kept in the pound for a minimum of 96 hours and attempts are made to contact the owner, if known. After this time an impounded animal may be placed for adoption or euthanized in a humane manner. Unclaimed dangerous dogs must be euthanized.

For impoundment fee information, please see Schedule "A" of the Animal Management Bylaw 2015.