June 1, 2022
Pet owners in Winnipeg should be aware of several new rules coming this summer.
Effective July 1, 2022, we are updating the Responsible Pet Ownership Policy with new requirements in several categories for owners and businesses.
“Best practices in animal welfare and control have evolved since we introduced the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law in 2013,” said Leland Gordon, General Manager of City Animal Services. . “The recent review of the regulations has given us the opportunity to engage pet owners, businesses and animal welfare organizations to understand how we can modernize these regulations to improve the health and safety of pets. company and communities.”
Pet owners have several new responsibilities to keep in mind when caring for their pets. Dogs are now prohibited from being chained or housed outdoors for long periods, and supervision is required when dogs are outdoors. This helps minimize the impact dogs have on neighborhoods, prevents negative behavior changes, and protects them from exposure to fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, or other hazards.
There are also several new rules related to weather and pet safety. Pets are now prohibited from being left unattended in vehicles when it is 22°C or higher or -10°C or lower (this does not apply to vehicles running with air conditioning systems or heater in working order). Cycling with your dog in temperatures of 22°C or higher is also prohibited to avoid heat exhaustion and burnt paw pads.
Coexistence with wildlife
The use of body holds or glue traps outdoors is now prohibited. These traps can cause injury or death to trapped animals, and can also kill and injure animals that are not targeted, such as dogs, cats, and birds.
The outdoor use of rodenticides — pest control products that target mice, rats and other rodents — is now banned unless done by licensed pest control companies or government agencies. Live-release traps are still allowed, but users must check them at least once a day and humanely release or euthanize any trapped animals.
It is also now forbidden to feed wildlife (except birds) to prevent overpopulation of urban wildlife and reduce conflict with humans.
Intact Pet Licenses
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat helps create a safer community and is important for keeping your pets healthy and happy. Residents who wish to keep their dog or cat intact (not spayed or spayed) are now required to maintain active veterinary care and have a history of responsible pet ownership – including no current or previous pet owners. animals at risk or dangerous.
Anyone who does not meet these requirements will not be able to keep a pet license intact and will have to sterilize their pet.
Winnipeg dog and cat breeders must now obtain a breeder’s licence. The license imposes a number of requirements on breeders, including active veterinary care, an initial inspection of the breeding property, and a history of responsible pet ownership.
Each female dog or cat is limited to one litter per year, and no more than four litters in her lifetime.
Until now, dog daycares were generally unregulated. New requirements for daycare owners will help keep staff and pets safe, including mandatory dog testing and staff training, as well as minimum safety and cleaning standards for facilities.
Separate play areas should be used for small and large dogs, with a minimum of 20 square feet per dog in small dog areas and 35 square feet per dog for large dog areas. Dog groups must also have at least one staff member for every 25 small dogs and one staff member for every 20 large dogs.