Responsible Pet Owners Never Allow Threatening Behaviour
City of Greater Sudbury By-law 2002-285 to Regulate the Keeping of Animals and the Registration of Dogs and Cats does not permit pet owners to allow or direct a dog to attack or harass other people or animals.
If someone is bitten or severely scratched by a dog or a cat, it is important to consult a physician immediately and to notify the Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705-522-9200.
When investigating a complaint, Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement will consider:
- The severity of the bite or attack
- Whether there is prior record of a bite or attack, and
- Factors such as whether the attack was an act of defense, a reaction to trespassing and/or being teased, provoked or tormented.
If the investigation results in a finding of a Vicious Dog, pet owners are required to:
- Muzzle their dog at all times, except when the dog is home and indoors,
- Securely tether or leash their dog whenever it is outdoors, and
- Notify Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement within two working days of any change in ownership or address
Pet owners have a right to appeal the finding of Vicious Dog to the City of Greater Sudbury Hearing Committee within 14 days of receiving a notice and upon payment of an administrative fee.
In extreme circumstances, the matter may be escalated through the Dog Owner's Liability Act which contains a provision for seizure of the dog from a private property, if a Court grants a warrant for the seizure.
Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement is responsible for enforcing the Dog Owner’s Liability Act (R.S.O. 1990 c. D. 16) which places restrictions on ownership of the following breeds:
- A pit bull terrier
- A Staffordshire bull terrier
- An American Staffordshire terrier
- A dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those of dogs referred to in any of clauses (a) to (c)
The legislation allows individuals to keep these restricted breeds under the following circumstances:
- The restricted breed was in the possession of the pet owner prior to August 29, 2005
- The restricted breed is spayed or neutered
- The restricted breed is on leash and muzzled in public places
There are exceptions and additional requirements for owning a restricted breed. Please visit the website of the Ministry of the Attorney General for details.