During the last election campaign and even prior to that, dog owners repeatedly approached me with one wish: to please allow them to walk their pets on leashes in public parks.
When Mayor Mitchell Brownstein once again assigned me the Animal Protection portfolio, I immediately set the wheels in motion to establish the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee. Our first meeting was held in January and over the past six months membership has grown. I wish to thank Interim Chairman Jonathan Goldman, committee members and in particular Councillors Mitch Kujavsky and Oren Sebag (both dog owners) for their support. From a staff point of view, Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson (also a dog owner) has gone the extra mile to draft a brand new updated by-law25609 to regulate dogs in the city. Chiefly our work has focused on finding some middle ground to allow dogs on leashes in parks Last summer we did a trial at a few very small parks and it went well.
Click here to see the beginnings of the new section on the Côte Saint-Luc website dedicated to dogs.
On Monday night, June 11 (7:30 pm) we will hold a public consultation meeting on the by-law, following which it will be on the regular council agenda that evening for passage. The majority of council is in favor of this long overdue adjustment. Part of the mandate of our Dog Owners Committee is to empower members to ensure that anyone they see walking a dog picks up after dog with a plastic bag on hand. We are also making sure the two Dog Runs, so well looked after by our Public Works Department, remain in a good state.
Here are some of the pertinent articles of the by-law that will be presented on Monday. Pay special attention to Article 4.4 Parks and Public Spaces.
Article 2.1 – Obligation
Every Guardian of a Dog must purchase a License issued by the City annually, indicating the breed, gender, colour and name of the Dog, the address where it resides and provide a copy of the veterinary records as stipulated below. For more details click here.
Article 2.3 – Veterinary records
The Guardian of a Dog must provide proof that the Dog has been inoculated against rabies issued by a Veterinarian and that the effectiveness of the said inoculation covers the reference year.
For the purpose of obtaining a discount on the cost of the License as set out in Annex A of the present By-law, the Guardian must also provide a confirmation that a Dog has been spayed or neutered.
If a Dog cannot be inoculated for whatever reason, a note so indicating issued by a Veterinarian must be presented by the Guardian of a Dog for the purpose of obtaining a License.
Article 2.3 – Validity
All Dogs must have a License valid for each Reference Year, which begins on May 1 of each calendar year and ends on April 30 of the following calendar year.
Article 3.2 – Leaving a Dog unattended
It shall be unlawful to leave a Dog unattended, for example tied to a post or other street furniture on the Public Domain, for more than fifteen (15) minutes.
Article 3.4 – Number of Dogs per dwelling unit
It shall be unlawful to keep more than four (4) Dogs in the same dwelling unit, including its adjacent structures.
Article 3.5 – Litters
Notwithstanding the preceding article, in the event that a female Dog gives birth to a litter, the Guardian may keep the puppies for a period not to exceed six (6) months.
Article 4.1 – Leash
The Guardian of a Dog must affix a Leash to every Dog that is on the Public Domain or on the private domain of another Person. The Leash must be held at all times in the control of a Person capable of restraining the Dog.
Article 4.2 – Excrement
The Guardian of a Dog is required to pick up all excrement emitted by the Dog, collect it in an appropriate compostable receptacle and dispose of it in accordance with the law.
Article 4.4 – Parks and Public Spaces
Dogs on a Leash are permitted in City parks and public spaces, unless indicated by a Sign, with the exception of:
- Playgrounds and within nine (9) meters thereof;
- Public swimming pools and wading pools and within the enclosures that surround them;
- Splash pads and within nine (9) meters thereof;
- On a sports field (e.g. baseball diamond, soccer pitch, tennis court, skate park, skating rink, etc.);
- In a Park where a special event organized or sanctioned by the City is being held (e.g. Canada Day).
Article 4.8 – Dog Run
It shall be unlawful to enter a Dog Run outside of the posted hours.
Article 4.1 requiring a Leash shall not apply inside of a Dog Run.
Where the Dog Run is separated into separate sections for large Dogs and small Dogs, the Guardian of the Dog shall keep the Dog in the appropriate section.
Article 5.1 – Definition
For the purpose of the application of the present By-law, a Dog can be declared dangerous if the Dog:
- has a propensity, potential or disposition to attack, bite, threaten, chase, or injure, with or without provocation, any Persons, property or other animals; or
- with or without provocation or physical injury, attacks, bites, threatens, chases, or injures a Person, property, or other animal; or
- has been trained for dog fighting or to attack upon a command.
Article 5.2 – Designation
A Designated Authority may declare a Dangerous Dog and issue a Muzzle order, in writing and delivered by the City or by certified mail or by bailiff to the Guardian of the Dog. Said Muzzle order takes effect within five (5) days of its delivery to the Guardian.
Article 5.3 – Muzzle order
In addition to a Leash, the Guardian of a Dangerous Dog must securely attach a Muzzle to the Dangerous Dog when on the Public Domain or on the private domain of a Person that is not the Guardian of the Dangerous Dog.
Article 5.4 – Lifting of a Muzzle order
The Guardian of a Dog may request in writing that the City lift an issued Muzzle order, upon presentation of an attestation by a Veterinarian that the Dangerous Dog has undergone training or procedure and no longer meets the definitions of the present By-law. The City will examine the documentation provided and render its decision in writing to the Guardian within 90 days.
I hope to see Dog Owners out on Monday!