We all love our pets. We cherish our beloved dogs and cats and other pets. Many consider their pets to be just as important as a family member, sometimes even more important than members of their own family.
Homeowners love their homes. They have invested financially, emotionally and physically into their homes and work to preserve their investment and the property that surrounds it. They care about their castles and don’t appreciate those who would literally shit on the property that their home resides on, especially when it is avoidable and illegal.
It is surprising to see cars drive into a neighbourhood and to see the driver and their dog emerge from the car, only to let the dog run free, defecating on local lawns in the neighbourhood. Then the dog and driver get back into the car and drive away.
The dog owners realize that what they are doing is wrong and would prefer to destroy someone else’s lawn, as opposed to their own. You see, they come from homes with lawns in their own front and backyards, but ensure that their dogs do not defecate or urinate on their lawns, but on someone else’s, either in their own neighbourhood or in someone ele’s. But never on their own lawns.
Of course, no one can complain about dog owners who are both respectful and courteous and there are many of them. When their pets defecate on sidewalks or lawns, they dutifully take out their bag and bag the waste. These pet owners must be commended for being a responsible pet owner and there are many of them.
We are all headed this way. It would be comforting to think that our final rest place would be respected, especially by visitors who have no stake whatsoever in our final resting place. It is difficult to see dog walkers enter the grave site and use it for a toilet by letting their dogs off the leash to do their thing and then neglect to pick up the waste following the off-leash run of the dogs they are caring for. But, it happens all the time.
The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dogs’ behaviour, their owners’ responsibilities and public safety in the City of Toronto. The public hearing will start tonight.
Public hearing on Toronto Municipal Code – Chapter 349 Animals:
The City will hold the consultation meetings to obtain public input. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
• Thursday, September 24: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 2)
• Monday, September 28: City Hall (Committee Room 4)
• Thursday, October 1: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 3)
• Monday, October 5: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
• Tuesday October 6: East York Civic Centre (Committee Room A)
More information about the review and current regulations, as well as a public survey, can be found at toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.
Staff will report to the November 26 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on the findings of the consultation and possible bylaw changes.
CHAPTER 349, ANIMALS
The following are bylaws related to animals and the fines associated with them.
Animal Services is responsible for enforcement related to the following:Municipal Code Chapter 349 – AnimalsChapter 591 – Noise (animal-related section only) Dog Owners’ Liability Act Ontario Regulation 157/05 – Pit Bull Controls
|Dog at large||$240|
|Dog or cat with no licence||$240|
|Failure to clean up after your dog||$240|
|More than six cats or more than three dogs||$240|
|Failure to provide adequate care for your animal||$240|
|Keeping your animal in unsanitary conditions||$240|
|Keeping a prohibited animal||$240|
- What does Toronto Animal Services (TAS) do?
- Where are the Animal Care Centres located?
- When are the Animal Care Centres open?
- Is Toronto Animal Services the same as the OSPCA (humane societies)?
- Does Toronto Animal Services operate spay/neuter clinics?
- Why is it important to sterilize my dog or cat?
- What educational programs are available?
- Can I volunteer with Toronto Animal Services?
- Do your shelters have animals available for adoption?
- What are the requirements for adopting a pet from Toronto Animal Services?
- What are the fees for adopting an animal?
- Why are there more cats than dogs available for adoption?
- Why do I need to licence and vaccinate my pet?
- Where can I get a licence for my pet?
- Where does the money for pet licensing go?
- How do I update my pet’s licensing/registration information?
- I recently moved to Toronto. I had my dog/cat licensed at my old place of residence, can I transfer my registration to you or do I need to purchase a new one?
- Lost & found pets
- What should I do if I’ve lost my dog or cat?
- I have found a lost dog or cat, what should I do?
- Should I let my cat go outside?
- Bylaw enforcement
- My neighbour’s dog barks all the time, who do I complain to and how?
- Where do I call to report a dog running at large, a public safety concern involving an animal, a dead animal, etc?
- How many animals are you legally allowed to own?
- Dog bites
- What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
- What do I do if a dog has bitten my pet (dog or cat)?
- Why does it sometimes seem to take so long for an Animal Care & Control Officer to respond to my call?
How many animals are you legally allowed to own?
The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349 (PDF file size 95KB) states that no person can keep more than six of any combination of dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits at any given time in their home. Within the combination of dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits the maximum number of dogs permitted per dwelling unit is three.
Why do I need to licence and vaccinate my pet?
Regardless of a dog or cat’s (and owner’s) lifestyle, the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349 (PDF file size 95KB) requires that all dogs and cats are licensed/registered on an annual basis. In addition, Ontario Regulation 567, Health Protection and Promotion Act, requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies.
I recently moved to Toronto. I had my dog/cat licensed at my old place of residence, can I transfer my registration to you or do I need to purchase a new one?
Unfortunately we do not accept animal licences from other municipalities. You will need to re-apply with the City of Toronto Animal Services for a new pet licence.
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