Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toronto to crack down on unleashed dogs

TORONTO - Dog owners who like to let their dogs run off leash outside of designated areas better beware of bylaw officers.

The city announced Thursday it is launching a bylaw blitz to encourage residents to keep their dogs on a leash unless they are using one of the city’s 57 leash-free parks. This summer crackdown — billed as a public education campaign and bylaw blitz by the city and Toronto Police — comes as complaints about dogs being off leash have jumped from 130 in 2013 to 440 so far this year.

“Enforcement officers will work their way through Toronto’s parks, including, for example, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Birkdale Ravine, Thompson Park, Wexford Park and Hunter’s Glen Park,” the city stated in a press release.

“All dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are on any property other than their owner’s — unless they are in designated ‘leash-free’ areas.”

The fine for a dog caught running at large is $360.

City officials stressed only vaccinated and licensed dogs are allowed in leash-free zones.

“Dogs that are aggressive to humans, dogs with a history of biting, and other types of animals are not permitted in the leash-free zones,” the city stated.
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