Adopt An Enforceable Anti-Tethering And Anti-Isolation By-law For The Dogs Of Toronto

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Currently the City of Toronto has a poorly defined bylaw for tethered dogs and no laws pertaining to dogs who are left outside (chained or unchained) permanently. Isolated and chained dogs increase the incidents of dog bites and the presence of unattended tethered dogs devalues city property.

While the recently revised by-law states that dogs can not be out in extreme temperatures, it loosely defines what is considered ‘shelter’ or what extreme temperatures are considered.

Allowing dogs to be kept outside, tethered for long periods of time is a danger to the community, psychologically damaging to animals and is a public nuisance.

Dogs by nature are pack animals and are not meant to live in isolation. There is no reason for dogs to be living permanently outside in the City of Toronto.

We are asking the City of Toronto match and enhance the existing tethering bylaws as enforced by the city of Mississauga, as well as outline fines and grounds for removal of animals for citizens who violate these bylaws.

• Pets cannot be left unsupervised outdoors, with or without a tether, during extreme weather; except for brief walks or exercise (temperature is to be clearly defined and agreed upon by the City). Fine and removal of the animal by the City when necessary.

• Animal Services officers will be authorized to enter on private lands to inspect and ensure the Animal Care and Control bylaw is being followed – in effect immediately.

• Appropriate shelter must be large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch its limbs to the fullest. They must be insulated; have clean, dry bedding and shade; be in good repair; and comply with the City's Zoning by-law. There are extra requirements for each additional dog housed.

• Pens must be 9.3 square metres or 100 square feet - to be increased by 2.8 square metres x 30 square feet for each additional dog.

• Animals must not be tethered for any longer than a total of one hour out of every 24 hours. Tethers must be at least three metres or 9.84 feet allowing the dog to move safely and unrestricted. The animal is to be in view of the owner with access to appropriate food, water shelter and shade.

• Animals must not be left on an unattended property for more than an hour, with or without a tether. Animals can not reside in industrial or commercial property.

• Animals cannot be left unattended in automobiles if weather conditions are not suitable (defined by a clear temperature agreed on by the City) and may cause the animal distress. Animals must have suitable ventilation and be restrained to prevent contact between the animal and the public.

• Animals travelling in automobiles must be in the passenger compartment of the vehicle or if outside, must be in a kennel that is securely fastened to the vehicle that provides adequate ventilation and protects the animal.

• Owners must provide veterinary care to pets to relieve distress from injury, neglect or disease.

• Dogs used for breeding purposes must be heavily supervised and may not have her litter outdoors.

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