Pointe-Claire raises awareness of new dog bylaw

West Island city notes that penalties range from $200 to $20,000, depending on the seriousness of the violations, for each violation committed and for each dog.

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Pointe-Claire city officials are advising that its public security inspectors will be conducting awareness tours with dog owners over the next few months to ensure compliance with a new bylaw, which is in line with provincial canine rules.

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All dog owners must register their pet within 30 days of their acquisition or the day the dog reaches the age of three months. Owners will then be mailed a tag with a number and an integrated chip that their pet must wear for its life. Dogs must be kept on a leash of less than 1.85 meters (six feet) at all times unless they are in a private fenced lot or in a reserved dog exercise area. Picking up after your dog is mandatory, and the excrement should be disposed of in a trash can.

Penalties for breaking the dog bylaw range from $200 to $20,000, depending on the seriousness of the violations.

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