Responsible Pet Owners Care for Their Dogs and Cats
The City of Greater Sudbury Animal Care and Control By-law requires residents to provide adequate and appropriate care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of their pets. This includes:
- Sufficient access to potable water of a drinkable temperature
- An adequate supply of appropriate food
- An environment that is free of odour, insect infestation, rodent attractants and accumulated fecal matter
It is against municipal by-law for anyone to tease, torment or annoy any dog or cat.
Pet owners who tie their dog or cat outdoors should be aware of the following regulations:
- The tether must be short enough to keep the pet on the owner’s property but long enough – at least 3 metres long – so the dog or cat can move around easily
- The pet must be tied in a way that it cannot injure itself
Pets that are kept outdoors for extended periods of time must have adequate shelter, whether or not the pet is tied:
- Shelters and/or exercise pens must be located at least 1.2 metres (4 feet) from the property line and not in the front yard
- Shelters must be weather-proofed, insulated, in a good state of repair and large enough to permit a full range of movement
It is against municipal by-law for anyone to untie, loosen or otherwise free a tethered dog or cat that is not in distress, without permission of the pet owner.
All dogs must be leashed and under control when leaving the pet owner’s property. Individuals must have the ability to keep their dog under control to avoid unwanted contact with other people or animals. Excellent classes and trainers are available year-round to help pet owners teach their dog to walk on leash.
The Greater Sudbury Animal Care and Control By-law gives a green light to cats roaming outdoors; however, roaming cats must have an up-to-date licence, be microchipped and be spayed or neutered.
The Greater Sudbury Animal Care and Control By-law allows hunting dogs to be off leash with the permission of the property owner and while under the control of a responsible pet owner.
Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement Services will respond to complaints to pick up any animal roaming at large, if the animal is:
- In distress, injured or ill
- Causing damage or creating a nuisance
- Showing signs of being lost
Dogs living on rural properties of 0.5 hectares (1.2 acres) or more can run free if they remain on the owner’s private property.
Keep non-sterilized dogs and cats in heat indoors or under the complete control of the owner.
Pet owners have their choice of two off-leash dog parks operated by the City of Greater Sudbury in partnership with community volunteers:
Pet owners must always clean up after their dog on city-owned properties, including parks, hiking trails and sidewalks, and on their private properties. Disposal must be in a sanitary manner.
You can dispose of pet waste in your regular garbage, wrapped in absorbent paper and placed in a sealed and leak-proof bag. Mix pet waste with 90 per cent household garbage.
Failure to pick up your dog’s poop could result in a fine.
To file a complaint about dog waste piling up in someone’s yard, please contact Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement Services by dialing 3-1-1, Mondays to Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes pet owners are not aware that their dog or cat is disturbing others. When possible, neighbours are encouraged to speak to each other in a respectful manner. If speaking with the pet owner is not successful or not possible, residents can make a complaint to Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement Services.
If an investigation shows that excessive noise is ongoing and not an occasional occurrence, the pet owner will be informed of the complaint. The name of the person submitting the complaint will remain confidential, unless the complainant is required to testify as a witness in court.
Pet owners receiving their first complaint will have a reasonable chance to resolve unwanted noise. Many excellent resources are available to help pet owners, including local classes, trainers, books and online education.
If persistent noise continues, the pet owner may face a fine.
Even on a relatively mild day, temperatures in parked cars can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Opening or lowering the windows does little or nothing to protect pets.
Under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Act, it is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.
If you see a dog or cat that you believe may be in trouble, ask nearby stores to page customers. If you believe the dog or cat is in obvious distress, dial 310-SPCA (7722) or 9-1-1 for fire or police.
When calling to report an animal in a hot car, please be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What is your name and phone number?
- What is the location, make, model and colour of the vehicle?
- Is the vehicle running?
- Is the vehicle parked in shade?
- Are the windows down?
- About how long has the pet been left alone in the vehicle?
- Is the pet sitting or lying down or panting?
- How does the animal react to a knock on the window?
- Is there water in the vehicle for the animal?