Winnipeg’s updated pet by-law comes into effect

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The City of Winnipeg’s updated Pet Bylaw is now in effect, including prohibiting dogs from being left unattended in the car or chained outside for too long.

City Council updated the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw in June 2022 with new requirements in several categories. It covers weather safety, wildlife, animal husbandry, dog day care, and neutering.

“The recent review of 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,” said Leland Gordon, general manager of City Animal. Services.

Anyone who chooses not to seek treatment for their pet must maintain active veterinary care and have a history of responsible pet ownership. Dog and cat breeders must now hold a breeder’s license and follow the requirements. Breeding animals are limited to one litter per year, with a maximum of four litters in their lifetime.

Dog daycares, which have been largely unregulated until now, must now have separate play areas for small and large dogs and maintain minimum size and staffing requirements. The regulations also outline health, safety and cleanliness standards for these businesses.

Dogs are now prohibited from being chained or tied outside for long periods of time, and supervision is required when dogs are outside. It is now illegal to leave pets 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 or heating systems in working order). You also cannot cycle with your dog in high temperatures to avoid heat exhaustion and burnt paw pads.

Body or glue traps are now illegal in the City of Winnipeg, as is the use of rodenticides by anyone other than licensed exterminators. Feeding wildlife in the city (other than birds) is also not allowed under the new regulations.

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