Many of my clients who purchase a property have asked me information about their pets and the municipal rules about them.
It is important to check with your borough to find out which species and how many pets are permitted under the by-law in force in your borough
Here is an overview of the “Pet owners guide”
The ABC of the pet owner
Each pet has his or her own special needs. Here are a few reminders for guardians and future guardians of dogs and cats:
Register your pet each year, and make sure he or she is wearing an identity tag at all times.
Have your pet micro chipped as a permanent identification measure.
For outdoor pets:
Always keep your dog on a leash, unless he or she is in a dog park.
Never tie your pet to a tree or street furniture without someone there watching the pet
Pick up droppings and dispose of them properly
Use positive reinforcement when training your pet - stimuli, games, rewards, etc. Never train your pet to be aggressive to other people or animals.
Don’t let your cat go outside unattended.
Always be sure that your pet is not disturbing others.
Becoming a pet guardian is a long-term commitment. Adopting an animal is a personal choice. While pets can give you a lot of joy, they are also a major responsibility.
Animal control by-laws
The by-laws list the species of animals that can be kept as pets and limits the number of pets per household.
In its concern for nuisance control (wandering animals, excessive noise and property damage). The by-laws emphasize the guardian’s responsibility. Under these by-laws guardians must register their dogs with the borough. The borough records this information and issues a permit and tag, renewable annually.
The animal control by-laws set out a number of rules of conduct and civic-mindedness to ensure residents ‘safety and peace of mind as well as cleanliness of public spaces.
They may issue statements of offense for infractions such as unseemliness, errant animals, nuisances cause by loud barking and pets that bite.
Dog guardians should visit their borough’s web site to find a dog park near them.
Dog parks are the only public places in Montreal where dogs can be off their leashes.
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