As a responsible dog owner you want nothing more than for your Fido to be safe and happy. Here’s what you need to know from Halifax’s Animal By-Law A-700 [PDF].
- license your dog within 20 days of getting it
- license your dog within 20 days of moving to the Municipality
- renew your dog’s licence each year (or purchase a lifetime licence)
- make sure your dog is wearing its licence at all times
- remove defecation immediately from public and private property that is not your own (unless you have a service dog)
- obey signs for dogs (off leash but under control, on leash, or all dogs prohibited)
- keep your dogs on leash in public areas where no signs are posted indicating otherwise
Prevent your dog from:
- attacking a person or another animal
- running at large
- damaging public or private property
- making excessive noise
- keeping their unspayed female dog confined within a dog-proof enclosure while she’s in heat
Dog owners found to be in violation of the bylaw may:
If you’re found to be in violation of the bylaw, you could face one or more of the following penalties:
- be issued a warning notice by a Compliance Officer
- be issued a Summary Offense Ticket of $237.50 or greater by a Compliance Officer
- face prosecution in a court of law
- have your dog seized by Animal Services
Troubles with a dog in your neighbourhood?
If you’re experiencing a problem or issue with a dog in your neighbourhood, the first step is to talk to the owner, who may not be aware that their pet is being disruptive.