Toronto Dog Owner’s Should Respect Bylaws and Private Property

Update:

Homeowners have to erect signs on their lawns, in hopes that dog owners wouldn't place their dogs on their lawns to urinate and defecate, treating their lawns like dog toilets. The City of Toronto won't rehabilitate lawns or clean off the feces left by dogs and their owners; that nasty and expensive (both in time & resources) is left solely to the homeowners.
Homeowners have to erect signs on their lawns, in hopes that dog owners wouldn’t place their dogs on their lawns to urinate and defecate, treating their lawns like dog toilets. The City of Toronto won’t rehabilitate lawns or clean off the feces left by dogs and their owners; that nasty and expensive (both in time & resources) is left solely to the homeowners.
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Why do homeowners have to style their own lawn signs in an attempt to keep dogs from defecating/urinating on their lawn.

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.

There are many dog owners who are both responsible and courteous. They have trained their dogs well and pick-up after their dogs.
There are many dog owners who are both responsible and courteous. They have trained their dogs well and pick-up after their dogs.

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.

This is the Pet Waste (Pet Poop Station) located by the community mail boxes that residents have to use to pick-up their mail. Animal Services Enforcement promotes responsible pet ownership through the enforcement of Toronto Municipal Code 349 and other related bylaws. In Toronto, pet owners who refuse to pick up their dog's feces face a fine of $240 and a further fine of $240 if their dog isn't licenced.
Animal Services Enforcement promotes responsible pet ownership through the enforcement of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349.
In Toronto, pet owners who refuse to pick up their dog’s waste face a fine of $240 and a further fine of $240 if their dog isn’t licenced.

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.

Will we all have to erect large wrought iron fences around our front and side lawns to keep dogs from defecating and urinating on our lawns? Once one dog goes to the bathroom, another picks up the scent and wants to leave his or her mark, then another, then another, until finally every dog in the neighbourhood knows this spot as “the place” to let go.
Will we all have to erect large wrought iron fences around our front and side lawns to keep dogs from defecating and urinating on our lawns? It is well known that once one dog marks his territory with his/her urine/feces on someone’s lawn, another picks up the scent and wants to leave his or her mark, then another, then another, until finally every dog in the area wants to mark the lawn.

Grave Yards:

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.

Dogs need to defecate, but why do owners or dog walkers encourage dogs to leave their waste on our lawns or resting place, without cleaning up the waste? Photo by Paul Prescott, Shutterstock
Dogs need to defecate, but why do owners or dog walkers encourage dogs to leave their waste on our lawns or resting place, without cleaning up the waste? Why do they refuse to allow their dogs to defecate on their lawns or rest places? Photo by Paul Prescott, Shutterstock.

Review of Dog Behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership

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.

Homeowners or home renters who care about their front lawns have found themselves having to place signs (like the one above) on their lawns in attempt to have dog owners or walkers respect their property. This is a simple issue of respect.
Homeowners or home renters who care about their front lawns have found themselves having to place signs (like the one above) on their lawns in attempt to have dog owners or walkers respect their property. This is a simple issue of respect.

TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE

CHAPTER 349, ANIMALS

§ 349 – 11. Registration; licence tags.
Every owner of a dog shall:
A. Have registered the dog with the Executive Director, paid a licence fee in the amount specified in Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, and acquired a licence tag, including the payment of a licence tag fee in the amount specified in Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, for the dog. See Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix C – Schedule 12, Municipal Licensing and Standards – see pages 57,58 & 59.
B. Until ceasing to be the owner of the dog, obtain a licence for the dog prior to the expiration of each licence issued for the dog.
C. Keep the licence tag securely fixed at all times on the dog for which the licence tag is issued.
D. Pay a licence tag replacement fee specified in Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, in the event the licence tag issued for the dog is lost.
§ 349 – 14. Seizure; impoundment; redemption; fees.
A. Any dog found at large contrary to the provisions of this chapter may be seized and
impounded by the Executive Director
§ 349 – 18. Removal of excrement.
Every owner of a dog shall immediately remove excrement left by the dog on property anywhere within the City

Fines for Breaking Animal Bylaws

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

BylawFine
Dog off-leash$240
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

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Animal Services

General Information

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.

Licensing/registration

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.

All of us We should all love and respect our dogs
All of us should love and respect our dogs. At the same time, we should respect the environment that everyone else lives within and around. If our dogs lay their waste on sidewalks or other people’s property, we must be responsible and clean up after our animals.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.

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  1. It’s difficult to find well-informed people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks.

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