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.