Rules, Regulations and Procedures
Charter on the Proper Conduct for Household Pet Owners
On May 3, 2011, through the Verdun Borough's concern for respect toward
animal life, Borough Council adopted a Charter on the Proper Conduct for
Household Pet Owners, designed to respect the lives of household pets.
Please take note that all pet owners who obtain a dog tag for their pet will
have to sign a form whereby they agree to abide by the Charter.
Rules on dogs and other animals
Maximum number of animals
It is prohibited to keep in a unit of occupancy and its outbuildings more
than one cat, dog or rabbit that hasn't been sterilized (neutered or spayed) and
hasn't been vaccinated, except at a veterinary hospital or clinic; however,
when a dog, cat or rabbit gives birth, the puppies, kittens and baby rabbits may
be kept, but only for a period of no more than three (3) months.
- Domestic cats
- Domestic dogs, except for wolf-dog hybrids
- Sterilized domestic ferrets
- Domestic rabbits
- Birds, except for birds of prey, flightless birds and any bird identified
in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
- Amphibians, except for poisonous (venomous or toxic) amphibians
- Reptiles and snakes, except for poisonous (venomous or toxic) ones,
crocodilians, sea turtles and snakes in the python or boa family
- Fish, except for carnivorous and poisonous (venomous and toxic) ones
- Small, domestic rodents, except for those identified in Appendix I of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Pet owner’s obligations
- Make sure that your pet wears its tag and doesn't stray, unless it is a
domestic stray cat* (sterilized, vaccinated and wearing a tag issued by the
Borough, in accordance with the Bylaw) or unless it is a microchipped cat
(with the information stored on the microchip, making it possible to check the
ID tag number issued for the cat).
- Keep watch over your pet at all times.
- Prevent it from barking or howling so loud that it disturbs your
neighbours' peace and quiet.
- Immediately pick up your pet's droppings and dispose of them
- Always keep your pet on a leash no longer than 1.85 metres.
- Don't walk more than two animals at a time on Borough territory, outside a
- A pet owner who is found with his pet elsewhere than on the grounds of the
unit of occupancy where the owner lives must always have tools for
hygienically removing and disposing of his pet's droppings.
- At all times, a pet owner must maintain control over his dog so that it
never runs away from him.
- It is prohibited to abandon a household pet other than by entrusting it to
a new owner or by placing it in the hands of a competent authority. The
charges related to abandoning a household pet are payable by the pet
owner, including those related to adopting a pet or putting it to sleep, as
the case may be.
- It is prohibited to leave an animal unattended or to tie it in such a way
that it has access to, or winds up in, the right-of-way of a public road.
In the Verdun Borough, municipal animal
pound services are provided by the SPCA; however, it is the Borough's
Surveillance du Territoire patrol officers who look after stray,
dangerous or harmful animals.
The pound also picks up animals whose
owners want to dispose of them, and then offers them for adoption or puts them
Services offered by the
Borough's Surveillance du Territoire patrol officers
- Home pick-up of a live animal: $40, plus the costs incurred in putting it
to sleep, if need be
- Pick-up of stray or injured animals: free of charge
Surveillance du Territoire
4555, rue de Verdun
For all cases involving dog bites, please phone 911, as these come
under the SPVM.
For public hygiene reasons, it is prohibited to feed pigeons, seagulls and
other gulls, crows, ducks or any other birds.
Moreover, a provincial bylaw prohibits all residents from killing or
capturing any wildlife, such as squirrels, skunks, foxes and racoons. There are
various ways of avoiding their presence around homes. Contact the Ministère de
la Faune du Québec for further information.
Dogs in parks
- Dogs are not allowed to be anywhere other than on private grounds,
streets, lanes, walkways, bicycle paths, green spaces, dog runs or parks. They
are also prohibited on children's playgrounds.
- Dogs on a leash are permitted on waterfront areas,
including the L’Île-des-Sœurs park by the water, but only along the walking
- Dogs with or without a leash are prohibited on Domaine Saint-Paul
To report an animal (dog or cat) that has been lost or found in a borough,
phone the Bureau Accès Verdun at 311.
It is prohibited to bury an animal in a building, on public or private
grounds. An animal must be placed in a box and the Bureau Accès Verdun must be
contacted at 311; a municipal employee will then come and pick
up the box left at the curb.