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Be a Responsible Dog Owner in your Community

May 31, 2019

The City of Mississauga is reminding all dog owners to please be responsible by leashing your dog(s) when out in public, including City parks - unless in designated leash-free zones.

As dog owners, set a good example by being courteous and abiding the City's Animal Care and Control By-law. This includes leashing, licensing and picking up after your dog. This will also help make your community cleaner and safer places to walk, cycle and play in. A dog's leash should be kept no longer than six feet (1.8 metres) in length.

A leash helps keep your dog safe from:

  • running away and getting lost
  • wandering into traffic
  • confrontations with wildlife (e.g., coyotes) and unfriendly dogs
  • approaching dead or diseased wildlife
  • eating things such as poison, animal poop or drinking from contaminated puddles

A leash also benefits you, your dog and the community by:

  • preventing your dog from scaring or jumping on children, other people or pets
  • preventing lawsuits or vet bills from injuries that could occur


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