Winnipeg plans to grant amnesty to dog owners this summer.


Winnipeg dog owners have until Aug. 31 to license their pets before facing a hefty fine. ((Associated Press))

The plan allows owners that do not currently have a dog licence to buy one without facing retroactive fees and fines.

The grace period runs from June 1 to Aug. 31. After that, Winnipeg will become a zero-tolerance dog licensing city. Unlicensed dog owners will be fined $250.

Winnipeg has one of the lowest dog licensing compliance rates in Canada, with an estimated 40 per cent of dogs licensed in the city.