Friday, August 21, 2015

City of Toronto's Dog behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership Review-Survey and Public Consultations - To SP14

The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dogs' behaviour, their owners' responsibilities and public safety in the City of Toronto.

Chapter 349, Animals sets out registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property, except where permitted (e.g., off-lease parks). The bylaw also covers how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.

The goal of the review is to address City Council's direction to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.

The City is committed to an open and inclusive process which incorporates stakeholder and public participation. ML&S would like to share its review webpage where more information is available about the review, including our survey for members of the public to complete and public meeting dates.

We would greatly appreciate if you could circulate this information to other neighbours, residents and community groups. We would like to hear from any many people living in the City of Toronto as we can in the time we have.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/comments.

Jessica Walters
Senior Policy and Research Officer
Policy and Strategic Support
Municipal Licensing and Standards
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, West Tower, 16th Floor
Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-392-8794

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