Dogs

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Jonathan Goldman appointed interim chairman of the CSL Dog Owners Committee

During the last election campaign I pledged to create the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee.

A first meeting was convened in January, calling upon all interested parties and we have had three more since. I am pleased to see that a committed group of dog owners are coming together and significant progress on a number of fronts is already occurring. For one thing, each meeting provides an excellent forum of ideas – many of which have never been explored before.

A new Dogs bylaw is expected to be introduced at the May 14 council meeting. It was drafted by our Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, a dog owner. A new Facebook page called CSL Central Bark (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cslcentralbark) was recently launched and numbers are already climbing so spread the word.

Two other members of council who own dogs, Oren Sebag and Mitch Kujavsky, are members of the committee.

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Goldman as interim chair of the committee. We hope to follow this up in due time with an interim executive.

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Oren Sebag and I welcome Jonathan Goldman aboard.

 

Jonathan has been a resident of Côte Saint-Luc for over 35 years. He has always been involved directly or behind the scenes with the city, working for four years for Parks and Recreation at the Tennis Courts (Rembrandt, Wagar) in his youth, as well as a fill-in driver. He was employed in our Public Works Department as a seasonal student worker for three years as well. 

After graduating from  Concordia University with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce - International Business, he travelled the world for a year, moving from country to country through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia eventually returning to Montreal a year later briefly before moving to Israel and working in the high technology sector for two and half years. 

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Jonathan and Rocket.



As a Côte Saint-Luc entrepreneur, Jonathan manages two business ventures: a consulting firm known as ICECAP Solutions,  which offers e-commerce solutions for small and medium business providing website, graphical, technical, and brand & marketing consulting;  and PGG Group Inc., a conglomerate of company brands which sell merchandise on the internet with the primary brand being Gem & Harmony, a growing online jewelry retailer.

Jonathan is supported by his loving wife Sivan Rehan, and his two children Eric and Arielle who with dog Rocket comprise the Goldman Clan. Most of his extended family still live in Côte Saint-Luc, including his parents on Wentworth, where he grew up and his sister Joy Goldman and her family.

Rocket is a five year old male Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (SWISSY), a handsome and majestic breed with a very positive attitude. Rocket is well known at the Mackle Road Dog Run for his size, and demeanor. In the neighbourhood his unique look and overfriendliness makes him instantly recognizable to many in the area.

I would like to thank Jonathan for stepping up in this leadership role and welcome anyone interested in joining our committee to send an email to mcohen@cotesaintluc.org and to please join the Facebook page.

 


How many dogs are licensed in each district?

Thanks to Côte Saint-Luc's Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson I can share with you these interesting statistics regarding how many  dogs were licensed in each electoral district for 2017-18.

District 5 

Councillor Mitchell Kujavsky 123

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Mitch Kujavsky's dog Milo.

District 8   

Councillor Ruth Kovac 117


District 4   

Councillor Steven Erdelyi  115


District 2     

Yours Truly 102


District 6     

Councillor David Tordjman 93


District 1     

Councillor Oren Sebag 92


District 3     

Councillor Dida Berku 86


District 7 

Councillor SIdney Benizri 57

That is 662 registered dogs. I am sure there are many more than that!

A few weeks ago I held the first gathering of dog owners in the city. It was the beginning of a process  to start a new committee. In the coming weeks city council will consider new rules to allow dogs in parks. I have asked Jonathan Goldman and Darren Rapkowski, two dog owners, to meet  and put together some initial goals. They will then call another brainstorming session. Abe Haim remains my point man for the main dog run on Mackle Road. We will find someone to do the same when a second dog run opens on Côte Saint-Luc Road near Richard Schwartz Park..

 


Many issues discussed at first Dog Owners Forum

As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I have worked closely with many pet owners over the last number of years. I am particularly proud to have founded the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee eight years ago. Thanks to our original leader Shelley Schecter and now Diane Liebling, a small group of volunteers are doing fantastic work. The time has indeed come for a Côte Saint-Luc Dog Owners Committee to be formally established.

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Abe Haim

Two years ago, with the help of people like Abe Haim and Jason Balinsky, we created a Côte Saint-Luc Dog Run Advisory Committee. Abe chiefly served as my main liaison and as a result of his good work a number of improvements have been made to the Mackle Road facility. A second dog run on Côte Saint-Luc Road, between Richard Schwartz Park and Meadowbrook Golf Course, is near completion.

During the last election campaign many candidates, including myself, heard from people who agreed that a full-fledged Dog Owners Committee would be welcomed. On Monday evening, January 8 at City Hall, I co-hosted the first Dog Owners Forum with Councillors Oren Sebag, Mitchell Kujavsky (both dog owners) and Steven Erdelyi (whose perseverance brought us the newest dog run).  Jordy Reichson, our Director of Public Safety, was a special guest speaker. It his department that applies the bylaws related to dogs. Diane Liebling joined us as well to explain the process behind forming such a committee.

With poor weather conditions and a nasty flu making the rounds, we were pleased to have some 30 people on hand. Joel Goldenberg was there from The Suburban Newspaper, so our message will get out to a larger audience.

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Henry Abramowicz, Jordy Reichson, Mitchell Kujavsky, Steven Erdelyi, Oren Sebag, myself, Abe Haim, Essie Amiga, Barry Jaslovitz and Jonathan Goldman after the meeting.

 

DOGS IN PARKS

There is indeed a movement among dog owners to walk their pets in public parks.  Our bylaws state that all dogs must be kept on a leash throughout the year when in a public place.  Until just over a year ago, dogs were not allowed in any public parks and playgrounds. We agreed to a pilot project in some smaller parks: Aaron Hart Park along David Lewis St; Harold Greenspoon Park on Borden Ave.; the green space between Marc Chagall Ave. and the parking lot of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre; 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. It worked out very well and I did not get one single complaint. If we have responsible dog owners who pick up after their canines and keep them on leashes, then this can work.

There are several municipalities on the island that allow dogs in parks, notably Westmount. Based on the feedback from our meeting, I will bring some proposed amendments to our council with the support of Councillors Sebag, Kujavsky and Erdelyi.

As Director Reichson noted, our proposal could include dogs permitted in parks on a leash, but not in the areas of playgrounds or splash pads. We would have to make sure there is a sufficient   buffer zone.  Tamar Hertz asked if we might consider designating one park where no dogs would be allowed at all. Director Reichson pointed out that it might make more sense to cordon off an area in a large park to achieve this same purpose. It was also pointed out that additional signage will be required in our parks.

Essie Amiga asked if we could allow dogs to run free on fields that are empty in the winter or during the day at certain times of the year.

CLEANING UP AFTER YOUR DOG

Most dog owners are responsible, carry plastic bags when walking their dogs and throw the waste in a garbage can (Councillor Erdelyi noted that dog poop is compostable). It was suggested that perhaps our dog bylaw should include a fine for someone not carrying a bag.  What a great idea and something we will bring to council.

DOG RUNS

Abe Haim spoke about the work he has done with the main dog run. Besides being an excellent contact for me, he has regularly surveyed dog owners. As a result we now have a fence separating small and large dogs and some brand new lighting. Councillor Erdelyi then spoke about the new dog run, which is 95 percent complete. He credited Rona Raie for persistently pushing for such a facility on that side of town. This dog run will include water fountains for humans and canines. It is smaller than the one on Mackle Road. As a result there is no space for a dividing fence.  This Dog Run also doubles as a nature path. People are being asked not to park their cars immediately next to the area as it is a narrow road.

Nancy Sculnick, who was unable to attend the meeting, suggested that someone open up a commercial indoor dog park like this one.  Mackle Road resident Steve Stein is already exploring the idea.

MORE GARBAGE CANS

A number of people asked if the city can install more garbage cans. Councillor Erdelyi noted that we purchased 120 new specialized cans with dual bins for garbage and recyclable material. About 50 more are on the way and naturally we want to have them properly located so dog owners can use them.

EDUCATION

We need to educate people about dogs. “Kid for instance,” said Councillor Kujavsky, “need to be taught how to properly approach dogs.”

Abe Haim believes dog owners should have to take courses on how to properly look after their pets.

Someone else suggested that license renewal takes place, each dog owner should be presented with a list of responsibilities – as well as a plastic bag!

LICENSES


All dog owners must ensure that their dog has an annual license, payable on the first day of May each year. The annual license fee for each dog that is neutered or spayed is $20. The annual license fee for each dog that is not neutered or spayed is $30. The owner of a dog has to show proof that the dog was vaccinated against rabies before the owner can be issued an annual dog license. Some people at the meeting said that they were never asked for such papers. We will look into this,

FORMATION OF A COMMITTEE

It was encouraging to see that each person who attended the meeting expressed an interest in serving on a committee.  We will no doubt get many more names in the weeks and months ahead. My hope is to see them get organized like the Cats Committee and create sub-committees to focus on the dog runs, education, social media and feedback to me as their direct contact on council. We also want to hear the voices of non-dog owners and be respectful of their concerns. We have rules in our city dealing with wild and vicious dogs and people should always call Public Security if they run into a situation like that. You can read our bylaws here.

 


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.”


First Animal Protection Forum in CSL is Monday, May 5

On Monday, May 5 (7 p.m.) I will host the City of Côte Saint-Luc's first ever Animal Protection Forum in the multi-purpose room of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Since Mayor Anthony Housefather handed me an actual portfolio dealing with Animal Protection in January, I have been working hard on the dossier. I had already been acting as the formal liaison on council to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, an all volunteer group which rescues homeless cats and tries to find homes for them.

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Many dog owners have approached me these last few months, so I felt there should be a forum for them in public to discuss important issues. Therefore on Monday it will literally be raining "cats and dogs." Members of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee will be on hand to share how we have proceeded over the last few years and what our immediate objectives are. Shelley Schecter, the heart and sole of our committee and head of Educhat, will speak. She is also a dog owner. Bram Eisenthal, the publisher of the  very unique Precious Pets Newspaper, will on hand. He recently launched pet grieving sessions. Only a pet owner can understand how devastated you can be when your cherished dog or cat dies. Newly elected D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum has accepted my invitation to attend. Now that the Liberals are back in power, we can share with David important animal welfare issues he can bring to Pierre Paradis, who as Minister of Agriculture, oversee the animal portfolios.

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Monday's sessions will be an opportunity to share ideas. The topic of dog runs will no doubt come up,  as will responsible pet ownership (i.e. picking up after your pet), licenses, adoption opportunities and other issues.

Please feel free to join us.

 

 

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