Winnipeg declares dog license amnesty

Winnipeg plans to grant amnesty to dog owners this summer.

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.