Dogs

 

Dog Parks

Photo: Richard Gregson

There are currently two dog parks in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue:

The Morgan Arboretum also accepts dogs on some of its trails. Dogs and guardians, however, must be registered. For more information, visit the Arboretum website.

In these parks, dog keepers must always pick up the feces of their dog.

NOTE: The presence of dogs in City parks and on the Canal Boardwalk is prohibited at all times, with the exception of guide dogs or assistance dogs that are allowed in all public places.

 

Mandatory Medal

Any dog owner must obtain a medal issued by the City. Anyone who has custody of a dog must ensure that it wears the medal at all times when in a public place. All dogs must have a medal regardless of race or history. It is not uncommon for a dog usually kept indoors to come out of the house without the knowledge of its guardian. It is therefore important that it wears a medal.

Cost of the medal: $ 40, valid for the entire life of the dog

Registration fees are free for any service or assistance dog.

 

Mandatory Sterilization

As of January 1, 2020, it will be mandatory to sterilize all dogs present on the territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Proof of sterilization will be required at the time of purchase of the medal.

Why sterilize your dog?

There is consensus among animal experts that sterilization is essential in the responsible management of pets.

Benefits of sterilization:

  • Contrary to popular belief, sterilization is not overweight in animals. It prevents several diseases (infections, tumors, cancer, etc.) and helps to increase the life expectancy of the animal
  • Avoid unwanted behaviors. A sterilized pet at any age will have fewer hormonal behaviors such as urine marking, territorialism, homelessness and fighting.
  • Reduces the tendency to run away and wander during the breeding season
  • Greatly reduces urinary marking
  • Eliminates symptoms of heat in females (bleeding, agitation)
  • Helps control the population by limiting unwanted litters. You should know that a litter of puppies can have between four and twelve cubs and that several gestations can occur each year. Sterilization therefore reduces the number of orphans who do not find homes for adoption and prevents them from being euthanized.

Sterilization is painless
Preventing pain is a priority for veterinarians. The animals are placed under general anesthesia and are under analgesic before and after the operation. For females, as the operation is more invasive, veterinarians also prescribe an anti-inflammatory for the days following surgery.

Well aware of the need to show Quebeckers that veterinarians are very concerned about the large number of animal abandonments, the Quebec Association of Veterinary Surgeons practicing Small Animals (AMVQ) initiated the National Week of animal sterilization in Quebec (SNSAQ) and has continued for 6 years. Every year, more than 200 veterinary establishments and a majority of veterinary doctors participate in different ways in the SNSAQ.

 

Mandatory Microchip

From January 1, 2020, it will now be mandatory to provide a microchip all dogs in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Proof of microchip will be required at the time of purchase of the medal.

What is a microchip?

It is a very small capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, which contains a computer chip with a unique identification number. It is injected under the skin of the animal, between its shoulder blades, by means of a syringe.

During the intervention, the animal will feel a slight discomfort for a few seconds, but it will fade quickly. Sterilized and composed of biologically inert materials, the microchip is the safest method to identify an animal.

Why Should you Microchip your dog?

If your cat is lost and has no ID, it is impossible for anyone to contact you or bring your pet home. Most animals lost without ID are end up in shelters and if the owner can not be contacted, the animal may be euthanized. All shelters and vets are equipped with microchip scanners. Thus, any stray or injured animal can be quickly identified, its owner contacted and any necessary treatment can be started without delay.

Benefits of the microchip:

  • Unique identification of the animal
  • One implantation, good for the entire life of the animal
  • Allows to find the animal in case of loss or theft
  • Helps resolve disputes over the ownership of an animal
  • Helps to save expenses for a stay in an animal shelter
  • Decreases the number of unnecessary euthanasia
  • Is mandatory to be able to travel to some countries with your pet
 

Animals are not consumer goods!

Owning a pet is a lot of responsabilities and costs money:

  • A strong commitment for many years to come;
  • Covering the costs of sterilization and annual identification;
  • Covering the costs related to its food and care (nails, ears, coat, grooming etc.);
  • Covering the costs of regular veterinarian care (shots, protection against flees, heartworm, etc.) and unforeseen expenses;
  • Covering boarding costs (when on vacation);
  • Daily walks (for dogs);
  • More frequent house cleaning (pet hair, sand, etc.)...

Moving or going on vacation ?

If you are moving or going on vacation, please don't leave your pet homeless and searching on its own for a new address! Find your pet a new home instead of leaving it to fend for itself.
Contact a local shelter or a local organization!

Be responsible: animals are not consumer goods!

 

Municipal Bylaw

Bylaw 754 regarding dog control aims to ensure the safety of citizens and to promote harmonious cohabitation between citizens and pets.

Any owner of a dog on the City's territory must, within thirty days after the acquisition of the dog, obtain a medal of identity for this dog at City Hall (the owner will have to provide the dog's identification information, that is to say, race, gender, color and name). The tag is permanent and remains valid for the duration of the dog's life.

Walking
The dog must be kept on a leash at all times in public areas. The leash must be a maximum length of 2.15 m (7 feet). The guardian of the dog must have the physical capacity necessary to be able to control the dog consistantly so that it cannot escape. The presence of dogs in City parks (with the exception of dog parks) and on the Canal Boardwalk is prohibited at all times. The presence of a dog inside a municipal building is prohibited as well. These provisions do not apply to service dogs or assistance dogs. The dog's guardian must, when walking his dog in an authorized public area, have in his possession the necessary tools to remove the feces left by the dog. The guardian must clean any public or private place soiled by the dog's excrement.

Maximum number of dogs per residence
No one shall keep in a residence or on any residential property more than two dogs. In the case of a new litter of puppies, they can be kept for a period of up to three months.

Nuisances and restrictions
The guardian of a dog must not let his animal bark or yowl in such a way that it disturbs the peace of his neighbors. The guardian of a dog must not let his animal cause injury to anyone, nor damage the property of others, whether public or private.

Attack, Protective or Dangerous Dogs
The guardian of a dog who causes injury to others must, at all times thereafter, keep the dog muzzled. A dog that has previously caused injuries and is found without a muzzle may be seized by the proper authority and impounded for examination. The guardian of an attack, protective or dangerous dog (see types of dogs below) must post a pictogram to this effect at the main entrances to his residence and yard. This pictogram must be posted so that it is easily visible to anyone who may have access to the residence or property. The guardian of a dangerous dog must ensure that it is muzzled at all times when the dog is outside his property.

Types of dogs

Adult dog: dog aged six months and over

Stray dog: any dog ​​who is not on a leash and who is not on the land of his owner

Attack dog: any dog ​​that is used for guarding and vis-à-vis an intruder

Protective dog: any dog ​​that attacks on a command of his goalkeeper or who attacks when his goalkeeper is assaulted

Dangerous dog: any dog ​​of the Rottweiler, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breeds, as well as any hybrid or cross dog of a dog of these breeds and of another breed

Service dog or assistance dog: any dog ​​trained to increase the autonomy of a person with visual, hearing or reduced mobility disabilities

Sanctions

Every person who contravenes the provisions of this by-law commits an offense and is liable on conviction to

  • First offense: a minimum fine of $ 100 plus fees
  • Second offense: a minimum fine of $ 200 plus fees
  • Subsequent offense: a minimum fine of $ 300 plus fees