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The animal control by-law’s objective is to ensure harmonious cohabitation between residents and pets and ensure residents’ safety.
Pets are considered any animal that is raised and maintained by humans for pleasure, as a companion. The term includes most dogs and cats.
The by-law sets out which species residents can have in their homes and limits the number of pets per household.
With a view to nuisance control (strays, excessive barking, property damage, etc.), the by-law emphasizes guardians’ responsibilities and residents’ safety in public places.
All dog and cat guardians who live in Montréal must have a valid permit and renew it each year.
Montréal and its boroughs will enforce the by-law. They are informing pet guardians and making them aware of their responsibilities. They can issue fines for non-compliance such as not having a permit, uncleanliness, off-leash pets, noisy barking and biting. An animal control patrol will make the rounds of the city to ensure that the by-law is obeyed.
Trade Your Ticket Project
During targeted operations, animal control officers may offer contravening dog owners or guardians the possibility to cancel their ticket. They may trade their ticket against their participation in a 3-hour information and awareness session (in french) concerning safety rules for a harmonious cohabitation between citizens and dogs in the city.