City of Toronto To Crack Down On Unleashed Dogs

October 19, 2014

A recent arti­cle that was in the Toronto Star shows that the city of Toronto is crack­ing down on dog own­ers who don’t put their dog’s on leashes…

 

“TORONTO - Dog own­ers who like to let their dogs run off leash out­side of des­ig­nated areas bet­ter beware of bylaw officers.

 

The city announced Thurs­day it is launch­ing a bylaw blitz to encour­age res­i­dents to keep their dogs on a leash unless they are using one of the city’s 57 leash-free parks. This sum­mer crack­down — billed as a pub­lic edu­ca­tion cam­paign and bylaw blitz by the city and Toronto Police — comes as com­plaints about dogs being off leash have jumped from 130 in 2013 to 440 so far this year.

 

“Enforce­ment offi­cers will work their way through Toronto’s parks, includ­ing, for exam­ple, Trin­ity Bell­woods Park, Birk­dale Ravine, Thomp­son Park, Wex­ford Park and Hunter’s Glen Park,” the city stated in a press release.

 

“All dogs must be kept on a leash when­ever they are on any prop­erty other than their owner’s — unless they are in des­ig­nated ‘leash-free’ areas.”

 

 

City offi­cials stressed only vac­ci­nated and licensed dogs are allowed in leash-free zones.  “Dogs that are aggres­sive to humans, dogs with a his­tory of bit­ing, and other types of ani­mals are not per­mit­ted in the leash-free zones,” the city stated.”

 

(By Don Peat ‚City Hall Bureau Chief)

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