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Whether you're a new pet parent or
have had a furry friend in your life for as long as you can remember,
there are by-laws in every city, province, and territory by which all
pet owners must abide. Although they may seem like a waste of time
and money, they offer safety and security to you, your pets, and your
For example, did you know that the city
of Toronto regulates the number of animals allowed in your home? You
may only keep six pets in your home, of which three can be dogs.
Additionally, all cat and dogs must be registered to the city. This
license requires annual renewal. Did you know that if your dog or cat
is found to be unlicensed, you can be issued a ticket for $240, which
if unpaid can result in a fine of up to $5,000? But getting this license is worth every penny because if your pet gets
lost, a valid license is one tool that the humane society can use to
ensure a safe return.
Other by-laws include keeping dogs on a
leash when on public streets, parks, or buildings, unless clearly
marked as an off-leash zone. It is up to the discretion of the owners
of private property whether the dog can be off-leash.
And don't forget to scoop your dog's
poop. Failure to remove waste may result in harsh fines! Even if it wasn't the law, it's just the nice thing to do.
For more information about pet laws and
regulations in Toronto can be found on the city's website.
For specific information about pet
licensing fees, visit the Toronto Pet Licensing website.