Dog Bylaw

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF PAPINEAU-CAMERON
 
BY-LAW 2009-17
 
BEING A BYLAW TO PROVIDE FOR LICENSING AND REGULATING OF DOGS, REQUIRING THE
REGISTRATION OF DOGS AND TO PROHIBIT OR REGULATE THE RUNNING AT LARGE OF DOGS
IN THE TOWNSHIP OF PAPINEAU-CAMERON AND COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE “REGULATING OF
DOGS BY-LAW”
 
WHEREAS the Municipal Act, Section 11(1)(9), 2001, c 25, as amended provides that a single tier municipality
may pass by-laws respecting matters pertaining to animals;
AND WHEREAS the Municipal Act, Section 103(1)(a)(c), 2001, c25, as amended provides that municipalities
may provide for the seizure and impounding of animals being at large or trespassing contrary to the by-law;
NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Papineau-Cameron enacts as follows:
1.DEFINITIONS
“Animal Control Officer” means the officers or employees of the Corporation of the Township of Papineau-
Cameron responsible for the enforcement of this by-law.
“At Large” means any dog shall be deemed to be at large when it is off the property of its owner and not
under the control of a competent person.
“License” for the purpose of this by-law shall be deemed to be the receipt and the metallic tag issued by the
Clerk of the Township of Papineau-Cameron or her authorized agent.
 
“Nuisance” means an act or circumstance which causes annoyance of offence to another person or the
community at large.
“Owner” means any person or group of persons, partnership or corporation owning, keeping or harboring
dogs.
“Provincial Offences Officer” for the purpose of this by-law means the municipal Animal Control Officers,
whose duties include the enforcement of this bylaw.
“Restraint” means a dog is on an owners property, out on a leash or at heel beside a competent person and
obedient to that person’s command.
 
2.GENERAL PROVISIONS
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog within the Township of Papineau-Cameron unless such dog is
licensed as herein provided.
No person shall seek to release an animal or animals, which are in the custody of the Animal Control Officers
or the Provincial Police Officers, who is engaged in the performance of his/her duties within the provisions of
this bylaw.
3.NUISANCE
No person who owns or harbors a dog within the Township of Papineau-Cameron shall permit such dog to
become a nuisance.
A dog shall be deemed to be a nuisance in the following circumstances:
i)If the dog persistently cries, howls or barks
ii)If the dog causes damage to municipal or private property
iii)If the dog interferes with dumps or scatters garbage or trash
iv)If the dog persistently chases or intimidates pedestrians using public or private paths, roads or sidewalks
adjacent to the property where the dog is kept or harbored
 
4.RESTRAINT
Every owner shall cause her/her dog(s) to be kept under restraint at all times.
No owner shall permit a dog(s) to be at large at any time.
No person, who owns a dog(s), shall allow such dog(s) to trespass on municipal or private property.
 
5.LICENSING
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog within the Township of Papineau-Cameron unless such dog is
licensed as herein provided.
The owner of every dog in the Township of Papineau-Cameron shall register every dog one time (once) and
that registration shall be deemed valid for the lifetime of the dog.
Each dog shall be registered, numbered, described and licensed.
No license tag or registered number under this section shall be transferable.
The license tag shall expire upon the death of the dog or the transfer of the dog to another municipality.
6.LICENSE FEES
License are issued free of charge for the lifetime of the dog.
Licenses are not transferable.
In the event that a tag becomes lost or destroyed, the owner of the dog for which the tag has been issued
may obtain a replacement tag free of charge.
7.DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE
The owner shall keep his/her dog under restraint at all times and shall not permit such dog to be off the
premise or property unless under the control of a competent person, at heel beside a competent person and
obedient to that person’s command or leashed at all times.
No dog shall be permitted to run at large within the Township of Papineau-Cameron, at any time.
No person who owns a dog shall allow such dog to trespass on municipal or private property.
 
8.SEIZURE OF DOGS
i)A Municipal Enforcement Officer, Provincial Offences Officer, Animal Control Officer or other duly
appointed officer, may enter upon any public or private property with the consent of the owner or tenant of
the property for the seizure of any dog(s) running at large.
ii)Where an injured dog is seized, it shall be destroyed without delay, for humane reasons or reasons of safety
to other persons or animals.
iii)A Municipal Enforcement Officer, Animal Control Officer or Provincial Police Officer may destroy the dog
in a humane manner as soon as he/she thinks fit and in the event, no damages or compensation shall be
recovered on account of their actions.
iv)Any dog running at large, contrary to the provisions of this bylaw, shall be recovered by the Municipal
Enforcement Officer, Provincial Offenses Officer or Animal Control Officer.
v)For the impounding of a dog under the provisions of this bylaw, the dog shall be transported by the
provincial Offenses Officer, Municipal Enforcement Officer, Animal Control Officer or a Provincial Police
Officer and impounded in an approved animal shelter.
vi)Animals shall be confined in a humane manner and it is then the responsibility of that approved animal
shelter to assume responsibility off any animal(s) surrendered by the representative from the Township of
Papineau-Cameron.
vii)For the purposes of this bylaw, the Township of Papineau-Cameron shall approve the North Bay &
District Humane Society as the closest approved animal shelter.
9.REDEMPTION OF IMPOUNDED DOGS
Where the dog is registered and wearing a licensed tag, the owner shall be notified of the impoundment of
their dog and shall be directed to the approved animal shelter for the recovery of their animal.
Where the dog is not licensed, the Township of Papineau-Cameron shall not be responsible for notifying the
owner of the dog’s impoundment.
10.ENFORCEMENT
Any police officer, provincial offences officer or employee of the Municipality whose duties include the
enforcement of this bylaw, is authorized to enforce this bylaw pursuant to the provisions hereof, the
Municipal Act, 2001 S.O. 2001, c 24 as amended thereof and the Provincial Offences Act, 3 R.S.O. 1990, c P.33,
or any successor thereof.  Officers.
The Dog Owners Liability Act Section 2(1) 1990, c D16 provides that an owner of a dog is liable for damages
resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.
11.OFFENCES
Any person who contravenes any provisions of this bylaw is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable
to a fine, penalty or order as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act, R.S. O. 1990, c.P.33, as amended or
any successor thereof , or in the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. c.25, as amended or any successor thereof.
READ A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD TIME, ENACTED AN D PASSED BEFORE AN OPEN COUNCIL,
THIS 14TH DAY OF JULY, 2009.
        THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF PAPINEAU-CAMERON
                                                              SET FINES
                                   PART 1 – PROVINCIAL OFFENCES ACT
REGULATING OF DOGS BYLAW NO. 2009-17
Offence Creating
Short Form Provision or
ITEM Wording Defining Offence Set Fine
1. Nuisance dog Section 3 $105.00
2. Dog running at large Section 4 $105.00
Note: The penalty provision for the offence indicated above is Section 11 of Bylaw No 2009-17, a copy of
which has been filed.