Animals

Skunk problem arises near Nathan Shuster Park

There appears to be a skunk problem on Collins Avenue in District 8. I have received a number of calls in recent days.

So I asked our Public Works Director Beatrice Newman  for some guidance. She provided with a short summary of how we may coexist with wildlife that is sharing our city.

If residents are having issues on their own property with wildlife, it is their responsibility to respect the wildlife and ameliorate the protection for their property such as  securing trash cans and enclosing areas under balconies. The city tries to do the same with our public spaces.

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We are very sorry for the inconvenience that may have occurred from a visiting skunk,  but these animals have inhabited our community for a few years now and they are here because their food sources are very accessible, as in many other cities. The city cannot kill or get rid of skunks. We will, however, survey nearby Nathan Shuster Park for any indication that skunks have dens there. 

Prevention of skunk problems through good property maintenance and management is the only permanent solution. The removal of individual animals, without taking steps to eliminate access to denning sites and food sources, will just leave a vacant territory for another skunk to inhabit. Please be respectful and patient with these animals when conflicts arise.

Below, we have also provided the list of names of contractors that can help protect home and properties. The first two organizations concentrate on forcing the animal out of the area and then focus on prevention work, like building up fencing, digging out trenches, etc.

1) Eviction Wildlife Solutions - Chuck (owner)

    514.222.1453

    Free estimate, guarantees his work

    Based in Montreal

2) Skedaddle - Human Wildlife Control

    514.395.4555 or 1.877.222.9453

    $65 initial estimate which is used towards the fee, once a contract is agreed upon

    Based in Ontario with Montreal office

3) Chaine d'extermination

    450.635.0884

    Price to be determined between resident and company

    Based in Montreal

 

4) Fondation de la faune du Quebec

 1-877-639-0742

This organization sets up a trap at the location where there is a problem. All creatures of this sort must be captured alive, they may not be killed/

 


Updated:Beware of mouse and rat poisoning in our parks and nearby

I wish to make pet owners aware that rat and mouse poisoning pellets  have  been found at and near  Rembrandt Park in recent days.  Dogs  often consume  things on the ground that look like food when you take them for a walk. Owners must watch them carefully.  Then there are outdoor cats. They have  nobody looking out for them.

One of my neighbours saw a torn package of green  pellets  on the ground and threw them in the garbage.  He also found a wrapper on the ground clearly labelled  as Wilsarin: Rat and Mouse Bait.

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The packaging left on the ground.

Public Security officers from Côte Saint-Luc are investigating and we have reported  this to police.

Sadly, we  have had previous cases of people who clearly hate animals of doing such a horrible thing. Please  be mindful of this situation and let me know of any suspicious activity. This also can be occurring in other parts of Côte Saint-Luc.

A family member was walking her dog near Mackle Road and Marc Chagall last month. The pooch ingested something, fell very ill the next day and had to be rushed to the vet. He almost died. It cost her $5,000 to regain his health.

 

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This is where the pellets were discovered.

 Update:

On Saturday, July 25, Public Security officers found six  new packs of the  poisoning.  They have yellow taped the areal.  A member of our Dog Owners Committee also found some fresh pellets  in the grass. They are well into the ground and difficult for our Public Works cleanup team to even pick up. We are upping the urgency of this situation to the  police as  there is clearly someone out there who wants to harm animals. I repeat  the importance of reporting to us  any suspicious behavior. It is almost as if this person wants us to know what he or she is doing. Why else are they leaving their wrappers  on the ground?

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The newly taped off area.

 

 


Coming soon: mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats in CSL

As the Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I gave notice to my colleagues last night that I intend to bring forward an amendment to our pet bylaws emulating the legislation adopted in Montreal that all cats and dogs over six months  be microchipped.

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A microchip is an invaluable investment for a pet owner.

Today I was at the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals where they were inundated with calls from people asking if the Montreal bylaw applies in CSL. The answer officially is "no," but as noted it will become mandatory soon. When we adopted our present cat a decade ago we microchipped her immediately, even though  we never planned to let her go outside. But accidents do happen and heaven forbid a pet escapes, the microchip if the only way for a vet or the SPCA to  trace ownership.

If you have a cat or dog and they are not microchipped, please do so immediately. Do not wait for a by-law. The animal hospital had many bookings today, primarily from people in our community. I think the Montreal by-law and the accompanying media coverage served as a valuable wakeup call.

A microchip is a small electronic device the size of a grain of rice, which a veterinarian inserts under the animal’s skin, on the back near the shoulder blades. The process is relatively painless. "It’s comparable to having your ear pierced,” the SPCA's Anita Kapuscinska told The Gazette.

The chip remains with the animal for life, and is a direct link to its owner. I will be meeting with our Co-City Manager and Director of Public Safety this week to discuss this  further.


Autism Speaks Dog Walk a big succcess

As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I was  thrilled to once again be part of the Autism Speaks Canada Promenade de chiens/Dog Walk on Sunday September 8. This was the second year for the event, both times occurring at our own Trudeau Park. Mother Nature cooperated and the sun was shining. A nice crowd  turned out - man, woman, child and of course many dogs of different shapes and sizes.

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Aren't these dogs beautiful?

Krista Leitham worked tirelessly to make it all happen, seconded by ever-so charismatic ambassador Matthew Moses. Originally Matthew was looking forward to bringing his beloved Rookie along. Sadly, Rookie passed away a week earlier. While still very much in mourning, he needed to fill that gap in his love. He and his family adopted a large puppy they named Houston and the canine made his first public appearance at the walk.

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With the Goldman family.

 

There were a number of kiosks set up,  including sponsor Nutrience. Greyhound Rescues were  on hand as was Cindy Davis from Inspirations Newspaper and Principal Nicholas Katalifos from the Wagar Adult Education Centre, where Matthew is a student. The Laval Rocket setup a booth as a tribute to Matthew, who is one of their most devoted fans.

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With Matthew Moses and Houston.

The Dog Walk is a fundraising initiative for dog lovers and the autism community to celebrate the unconditional love of these fur-babies and the therapeutic benefits of dogs to families and individuals living with autism. "Together, we can increase awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion for the autism community," said Krista.

It was a wonderful sight to see so many people doing the walk together through the pathway at Trudeau Park.

Jonathan  Goldman, the chair of our CSL Dog Owners Committee, was on hand with his dog and members of the family. It was  nice to catch up with my old friends Mark Wineck and Warren Gornitsky, both there with their dogs. I hope we can help this event get bigger and bigger each year!


My report from the 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference in Montreal: City and Province Absent!

The 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC), an annual professional development and community-building event, was held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal April 14-16. As the Côte Saint-Luc city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I was pleased to attend this conference.  I did so a few years ago in Vancouver. To be in a room with more than 400 animal lovers from across the country is empowering to say the least.

IMG_5012I really enjoyed this conference.

My biggest disappointment? Neither the City of Montreal nor any other municipality in the province was represented at the conference. How was this possible? Ditto for our new CAQ government, which is too busy focusing on religious symbols. The fact that our province gives animal protection minimal importance by tossing it into the Ministry of Agriculture says it all. This is the biggest and best-attended animal welfare conference in Canada.

The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the humane movement in Canada and this country’s first SPCA: our Montreal SPCA. I was pleased to meet with Montreal SPCA Executive Director Elise Desaulniers and Director of Animal Advocacy Sophie Gaillard, as well as a number of other Montreal  animal advocates. It is too bad the conference did not organize any regional caucuses so we could get to know some of the people who do the same work in the province.

There were  more  than 70 conference sessions and activities, world-class speakers, daily networking opportunities, lightning sessions for quick takeaways, amazing exhibitors and prizes, shelter tours of  the Montreal SPCA, a brand-new delegate recharge station for fun and networking, and chances to converse and collaborate with thought leaders to gain insights into emerging animal welfare trends.  

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This dog named Ophelia was registered for the conference. I kid you not!

 This two-day event takes place in a different major Canadian city each year and includes presentations, workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions on new animal welfare initiatives, emerging animal welfare research, best practices in animal sheltering, leadership practices in an animal welfare context, animal welfare community engagement, advocacy and stakeholder relations techniques. This year there was more content on animal sheltering, humane education and leadership best practices than ever before.

The event welcomes students in any discipline, veterinarians and vet techs, academics, researchers and scientists, animal enforcement personnel, animal care professionals who work with companion animals, farm animals or wildlife, staff from humane societies, SPCAs and animal rescues, animal welfare advocates, policy experts, humane education professionals and members of the general public who want to advance their work for animals.

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Jackson was on another "Galaxy."

I must say that the opening keynote speaker, Jackson Galaxy, was a major disappointment. The well-known “cat daddy,” and TV show host for Animal  Planet took to the stage for less than a half hour and was completely  uninspiring. He responded to pre-written questions and offered me absolutely nothing new. With that in mind I won’t waste any more space on him.

The Montreal SPCA’s Fight Against Breed-Specific Legislation

Sophie Gaillard gave an excellent presentation on a compelling subject. In June 2016, a Montreal woman was tragically mauled and killed by a dog identified in the media as a “pit bull.”  Shortly thereafter, then Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced his intention to ban “pit bulls” and did in fact adopt breed-specific legislation (BSL) a few months later. The following year, the Quebec government followed suit and introduced a bill aiming to implement province-wide BSL, which would have sentenced tens of thousands of adoptable shelter dogs to death. Fortunately, thanks to efforts led by the Montreal SPCA, including a high-profile lawsuit challenging BSL, Coderre’s municipal bylaw was ultimately repealed, and the provincial bill defeated. This talk will provide an inside look into the Montreal SPCA’s successful fight against BSL. Sophie explained why and how BSL was adopted in Montreal and nearly adopted province-wide, what legal, political and communications strategies were used by the Montreal SPCA to successfully fight BSL at both levels of government and what lessons were learned along the way.

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With Sophie Gaillard.

Sophie joined the Montreal SPCA in 2013, after having graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law and articling at the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions office in Montreal. In her role as director of animal advocacy, she supervises the SPCA’s inspectors, as well as acting as a liaison with prosecutors and other law enforcement. Me. Gaillard also works on initiatives to strengthen animal protection legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She is namely one of the instigators of the Animals Are Not Things manifesto, which led to the adoption of a new disposition in the Civil Code of Quebec recognizing animals as sentient beings.

Ending Declawing in North America: Past, Present, and Future

This interactive lecture, which was followed by Q&A period, examined the current state of the practice of declawing in Canada and the US, including some of the key issues, trends and challenges associated with professional and public education. The session concluded by looking at future possibilities for continuing education for the veterinary profession and the public. The speakers offered tools and scripts for motivating veterinary teams to stop offering "partial digital amputation" (as the CVMA describes declawing) and offer suggestions for using the right words and arguments to convince clients and veterinary teams that declawing is not the best solution.

Key learning included  what is declawing, and what are the known physical and behavioral complications of the procedure, including how to recognize subtle, and less subtle, signs of pain in the short and long term,  what is the current position of the CVMA, AVMA and other veterinary organizations on declawing (partial digital amputation),why declawing does not prevent or reduce abandonment, relinquishment and euthanasia, and how humane organizations are leading grass-roots efforts to discourage and end declawing, recent decisions in Canada to stop declawing for ethical reasons, and the progress of legislative and other efforts in the US to end declawing, how declawing has been shown, in recent studies, to cause behavioral problems in cats, and why human medical authorities say declawing is not an effective means of protecting human health and finally what are the reasons motivating veterinary teams to offer this procedure now, and what can be done to motivate teams to stop practicing it and client to stop requesting?

THE RISE OF THE ANIMAL PROFESSIONAL: Supporting Growth and Change in the Animal Welfare Sector

Animal welfare is a complex, multi-faceted and evolving field. Even though it is one of the oldest social institutions in our country, the sector’s drive for professionalization has never been higher than it is today. Professionalization is the social process by which a group of workers transforms itself into an occupation of the highest integrity and competence. The natural trend in all professions is toward greater specialization and recognition, but in animal welfare, the career path is not always clear, it can be challenging to enter the field and, while we apply standards for others, we don’t have industry wide standards for ourselves. This plenary explored concepts of professionalization both for individuals and for organizations in the animal welfare sector. The panel of experts discussed the path to an animal welfare profession and the role of codes of conduct or ethics, education and training, standards and accreditation and certificates and certifications.


An award-winning executive leader in animal welfare, conservation and education. Humane Canada CEO Barbara Cartwright headed the panel. She is one dynamic lady with a terrific stage presence. Her work has spanned five continents and 25 years.  .


Cat Behaviour: What People Don't Know, But Should

 I really enjoyed this session in which well-known cat educator Daniel Filion (L’Éduchateur), covered two interesting subjects. He gave tips and tricks on how to deal with fearful cats but also demystified and offered some explanations on their behavior in general. If cats are the most popular domestic animal sin the world, why are we so oblivious to their behaviors and needs? Even professionals and people dealing with cats everyday will often, involuntarily, contribute to all the myths surrounding them. Why don’t we know? What should we know? What should we stop saying?  Filion, who resides in Laval, offered some explanations that helped us better understand our cat’s behavior and raised their value.

IMG_4997Key learnings included how to modify cat behavior. There were some tips of how to deal with fearful cats. He then asked the question:   why is the most popular domestic animal the one we know the least?   Finally, he focused on how to raise knowledge about cats’ needs and behaviors and therefore raise their "value."

EduCATor is recognized as the most important feline behavior company in Canada and in Europe. For the past 12 years, Filion (pictured here) has been seen as an author and TV and radio commentator, but it's through his famous conferences, combining humor and popularization, that he has built his reputation. His firm does more than 350 private consultations per year and holds the most important Facebook page on feline behavior throughout all French speaking countries where they answer, free of charge, more than 5,000 messages per year to help cat owners. Cat EduCATor is referred by more than 100 veterinary clinics and, through its shelter aid program, also volunteers to help shelters. Cat EduCATor's mission is to decrease the number of cats abandoned and euthanized because of something lile simple urine on the carpet problem. 

Filion told us how he trained his cat Wookie to go for a walk with a leash. He asked questions like whether cats are territorial (he said no) and if the colour of a cat changes their behavior (only for Garfield). He told us that cats are the most popular house pet the world. And he gave us a trick of how to teach your cat to give a high five.

No Place Like Home: Intake Diversion Works


Karen Reichheld, Manager, Animal Care and Adoptions, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA, gave one of the lightning sessions (15 minutes long). All too often, cats are surrendered to shelters because their owners are no longer able to care for them for a variety of reasons. However, there are instances where cats in safe and loving homes      have very treatable conditions and yet for whom treatment by a community veterinarian is not affordable for the pet family. The No Place like Home program at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA treats cats at risk of surrender on an ambulatory basis where the best option for the cats is to live out their lives with their owners – healthy, safe and wanted – in their own homes. The Forever Home Fund was generously seeded by a donor family who continue to fund the program directly. Reichheld listed a range of ambulatory conditions treated to date in the program. She provided three case scenarios and outcomes. Their program is not advertised.  She shared stories of cats which were going to get euthanized and because of the anonymous donor their lives were saved.

Planning an Easy and Effective Event with Limited Resources

Leah Johnson and Maja Krol from the Calgary Humane Society asked the question: Have you ever wanted to plan a simple yet effective fundraising event, but you lack the time and resources? The Calgary Humane Society has developed a simple, effective and donor-centric fundraising event that is sure to leave you with money in your pocket and time on your hands.   During this presentation everyone received a blueprint to build an event with the potential to grow exponentially year after year while engaging your supporters. We were told how to host a fundraiser with little to no resources, engage your donors in a new and innovative way and provided with keys to successful fundraising. This one should have been much longer.

Raising Super Cats: The Importance of Kitten Socialization

 
Bravo to Rebecca Lohnes, MS CDBC, ACCBC, Behaviour and Training Manager, Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. She was a fantastic speaker, with great slides and videos.  By providing proper socialization to the kittens in your care, you will create well-adjusted feline citizens who are less likely to be rehomed later in life. She discussed the science behind socialization, different types of socialization and how to accomplish them in your shelter or foster home, how to engage in low-stress handling and cooperative care, and even some basic manners training! She also talked about the special needs of fearful or unsocialized kittens, singletons and bottle babies. Our CSL Cats Committee is very big on socialization. Lohnes has been the Behaviour and Training Manager at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, since 2011. She believes in using positive reinforcement and force-free methods to enhance the human-animal bond. She has degrees from Yale University (BSc 2005) and Cornell University (MSc 2010) and she is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Youth, Animals, Action! The Power of Kids and Teens Today

Colleen Ovenden and Emelie Luciani are the co-directors of, ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education. I am proud to be working with them at the English Montreal School Board.  Running an animal welfare education program for youth in a shelter is often thought of as an investment in the future of animal welfare. It is perhaps because of this focus on youth programming’s distant benefits that animal welfare education is not treated as a priority in many shelters, as other priorities are often more pressing.

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Colleen Ovenden and Emelie Luciani

This presentation demonstrated how kids and teens in fact have the power to affect real change – today, in the present. The two speakers argued that youth can play a part in advancing animal welfare not only in the future, but right now. The effects and possibilities of kids and teens getting involved in animal shelters was demonstrated through an exploration of the Montreal SPCA’s youth program; the only shelter in Quebec to offer animal welfare education. Three youth who are using their experiences at the Montreal SPCA as a springboard for further action   shared what they are doing to improve not only the welfare of animals, but the community as a whole.  

The speakers emphasized the importance of youth programming in animal shelters both in the short-term and long-term, how youth are a necessity to advancing animal welfare – not just for the next generation but for right now and the power of youth to affect change.

Ovenden   was previously the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Montreal SPCA. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies and a PhD (ABD) in Communication Studies. Luciani worked as the Animal Welfare Educator at the Montreal SPCA. She was also the organization’s Adoption and Foster Program Coordinator with more than seven years of experience. Her involvement in animal welfare education integrates her two passions: animals and working with youth. She holds a BA in Sociology.

I am happy I attended this conference. The 2020 edition will be in Victoria, BC.


Remembering Cody Vigderhous

A few weeks ago Cody, the beloved dog of Car Vigderhous and family was brutally run over by a car. This was pure and simply a hit and run. With the support of Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Public Works Director Beatrice Newman instructed her team  to install a wreath on a pole at the median of Cavendish Blvd near Fleet and Merton where Cody was killed.It is facing the northbound traffic close to the traffic lights so that it can be seen by those who are slowing down. Thanks to Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson for his coordination role.

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The wreath

 

"We understand how traumatic this event must have been for the whole family and we wish to extend our deepest condolences to Cody's family for their loss," said Ms. Newman.

Commented Cheryl Roth Vigderhous:" I also hope that in the short time it's there it will serve as a reminder that speed can kill, and to slow down for the safety of all our residents, on two legs and four."

 

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Cody

 


Public Consultation meeting for new by-law regulating dogs is on Monday, June 11

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.

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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:

  1. Playgrounds and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  2. Public swimming pools and wading pools and within the enclosures that surround them;
  3. Splash pads and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  4. On a sports field (e.g. baseball diamond, soccer pitch, tennis court, skate park, skating rink, etc.);
  5. 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:

  1. has a propensity, potential or disposition to attack, bite, threaten, chase, or injure, with or without provocation, any Persons, property or other animals; or
  2. with or without provocation or physical injury, attacks, bites, threatens, chases, or injures a Person, property, or other animal; or
  3. 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!

 

 

 

 

 


Dog Owners invited to special meeting at City Hall on Monday, January 8

Here is a press release we issued for the January 8 meeting.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc  is inviting dog owners to a special meeting on Monday, January 8 (7:30 pm) in the Council Chamber of City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard).

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the Animal Protection portfolio, has asked two new councillors who are dog owners – Mitch Kujavsky and Oren Sebag – to join him at the podium along with Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson.

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“The objective of this meeting is to begin the process of having an actual Dog Owners Committee established,” said Councillor Cohen. “Eight years ago we held such a public meeting for cat owners. The turnout was outstanding and as a result a very successful hard working committee was born.”

Councillor Cohen expects the subject of allowing dogs in parks (on leashes) to be a major topic of discussion. He has invited Diane Liebling, the chair of the CSL Cats Committee, to deliver opening remarks about what is needed to set up a successful committee.

Two years ago Councillor Cohen set up an ad hoc Dog Run Advisory Committee. It was headed by Abe Haim, who became a spokesman for dog owners using the Mackle Road facility. Haim proposed that a fence be constructed to sub-divide the area between small and large dogs. This was done in the fall. More recently, he requested that lighting be installed. That was done too. In the spring a new Dog Run will debut near Meadowbrook Golf Course on Côte St. Luc Road.

For more information about the meeting call 514-485-6945 or e-mail mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.


Looking out for the little guy: Our main dog run will be partitioned for small and larger dogs

As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I am pleased to announce that after a period of consultation our main dog run on Mackle Road will soon be sub-divided for large and small canines.

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Our main dog run has lots of space.

 

Over the past year I have received many complaints that smaller dogs were being attacked by larger ones. While the incidents might no have been that frequent, the fact this was happening at all was of great concern. The vast majority of our dog owners are responsible individuals. At the dog run itself, people get along nicely and so do the animals. It is wonderful to see them run free and play together. But we have heard stories of dog owners who are allowing what amounts to acts of bullying by their pets. In some cases, small dogs have been seriously injured.

More than a year ago I established an ad hoc dog run advisory committee. I’d like to thank Abe Haim and Jason Balinsky, two of my constituents who took a leadership role from day one. They have helped steer this discussion in the correct manner, talking to owners at the dog run and holding two public meetings at City Hall.

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Abe Haim and Cooper.

Hats off to Beatrice Newman, our director of Public Works  and foreman Thierry Dhaisne for working with us on this project. In the next few weeks fencing will be installed. Naturally, the larger dogs will get more space. The area itself is quite large.

This was the prudent thing to do.

We also hope to have a decision made soon on a second dog run on the other side of the city, near Meadowbrook Golf Course. Councillor Steven Erdelyi has been leading those discussions.

The other night I met with a number of dog owners on Sir Walter Scott Avenue. They’d like to see more access for dogs in our parks and I agree. In fact, this is an issue I have been advocating for many years and last spring we made a positive first step. While dogs are  still not allowed in most public parks and playgrounds  exceptions have now been made at  Aaron Hart Park along David Lewis St., Harold Greenspon Park on Borden Ave., the green space between Marc Chagall Ave. and the parking lot of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre soon to be renamed Library Lane, the green space on Baily Rd. between Northluc and Cavendish, the green space on Baily Rd. between Lyndale and Glencrest, and a section of Kirwan Park between Blossom and Wentworth.   Council wants to evaluate how this process went first before deciding on any future adjustments.  


From the Free Press Newspaper: Dog owner flouting leash laws raises concerns

Dog owner flouting leash laws raises concerns

By Isaac Olson


Harvey Fox, a resident of a 220-unit apartment complex on Adalbert Ave., says there is a tenant in
his building who re- fuses to leash his problematic dogs, but police won’t accept citizen-captured
video footage, witness testimony or photo- graphic evidence as an enforcement tool. “He just
lets them run wild,” Fox told the Côte St. Luc city council on January 23, describing the dogs as
pit bull and husky mixes. He said that he has made numerous complaints to Public Security and
police, but in order to enforce the city’s leash by-law “they need to see it them-
selves.”


Fox said the man’s dogs have attacked his own on January 4 and when he tried to intervene “like a
rag in a thunderstorm, I was tossed around.”


Mayor Mitchell Brownstein noted that this type of incident can be reported to po- lice, but, Fox
replied, there were no dam- ages. He said the problem is that police are waiting until someone gets
hurt rather than responding to complaints.


The man was caught once, said Fox, but it has not deterred him from walking his dogs without a
leash. It has continued to be a problem, he noted, since last spring. Fox said he tries calling 911
and Public Security when he sees the man walking his dogs off leash, but “they don’t want to deal with it.”
Fox admitted that it is a difficult case to enforce, but it would be a lot easier if police could,
at the very least, rely on video footage captured by citizens.


Brownstein said he will look into boost- ing patrols around specific times. Brown- stein said he
will have the city’s director of city services look into what can be done. He said the city will
look into what type of evidence is accepted and “we will work to- gether with you.”


Councillor Mike Cohen, responsible for animal welfare in the city, thanked Fox for bringing the
problem forward. He said there was a similar issue on Rembrandt Ave. where the dog owner was
finally caught and ticketed. It worked for a while, but then the owner was eventually seen walking
the dogs off leash again.


“This is unacceptable,” said Cohen, call ing it a typical example of the pet owner being the
problem, not the pet. “The owner has got to take responsibility. Please continue to let us know and
I send that message out to anybody in the community who is experiencing a similar situation be-
cause most dog owners in Côte St. Luc are very responsible.”