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Animal Care and Control

Animal Care and Control

The Animal Care and Control By-law provides for a variety of regulations related to cats, dogs, livestock, and prohibited animals in the Town. Regulations include leashing, maximum number of dogs permitted per household, identification, removal of waste and other provisions related to the keeping of pets. 


  • All dogs shall be microchipped or have an identification tag or other means of identification affixed to the dog at all times.

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  • Dogs shall be leashed at all times unless on private property of their owner or within the Town's leash free park.

  • The total number of dogs allowed per dwelling unit is three (3) with the exception of certain conditions as outlined in the By-law. 

  • The owner of a dog shall remove any excrement left by their dog on any property other than the owner’s property in the town.

  • Every owner or person who has care and custody of a dog shall at all times take all precautions necessary to prevent undue noise by the dog.

Prohibited Animals

The following animals are prohibited within the Town:

  • Mammals except dogs, cats, ferrets, domestic rabbits, sugar gliders derived from self-sustaining captive populations, rodents which do not exceed 1500 grams and are derived from self-sustaining captive populations (including but not limited to rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs)
  • Reptiles except non-venomous snakes which reach an adult length not greater than 3 metres, non-venomous lizards which reach an adult length not greater than 2 metres
  • Birds - all anseriformes, galliformes, struthioniformes and raptors. 
  • Other - all other venomous or poisonous insects, amphibians and animals. All protected or endangered animals being all animals, native or non-native, whose possession or sale is prohibited because they are designated as protected or endangered pursuant to an international, federal or provincial law, regulation, rule or agreement, unless the animal has been obtained in accordance with international, federal or provincial law, as applicable, and if the animal is not identified in this Schedule.

Please refer to the Animal Care and Control By-law for more information.

Common Complaints

  • Barking dogs
  • Dogs previously running loose or at large
  • Stoop and scoop violations
  • More than 3 dogs at one property
  • Pit bull ban violations
  • Dog bites

Report a Concern

Please note that that Town does not investigate anonymous complaints.  

Please be prepared to provide the following information if you would like to file a complaint:

  • Full Name
  • Your Address
  • Your telephone number 
  • Address of the property you wish to lodge a complaint against

It is important to provide as much detail as possible regarding the violation (i.e. description of the animal and person involved in the incident, approximate window of time/date when the violation occurred, nature of the complaint, description of the event, etc.). Lack of information may result in delays in response time and resolution.

Protection of Personal Information

Complainant information is protected under the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act on all active by-law related complaints. 

For more information, or to file a complaint, contact us during the following hours:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please note our new phone number (effective January 2, 2019): 905.584.2272 x. 4698.

For after-hours emergencies please call 1.800.563.7881