Responsible Pet Owners Care for Their Pets
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.