City services | September 3, 2014
The City of Mississauga is setting new standards of care to protect animals with changes to the Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04.
The new standards address issues such as: keeping animals outside for long periods; especially during extreme weather and how to provide proper care; tethering; and specifications on doghouses, pens and enclosures. Standards related to extreme weather and Animal Services staff authorization to enter on to private lands will take effect immediately with other standards taking effect December 1, 2014. Staff will report back to Council in fall 2015 to provide an update on the impacts of these changes.
A new ad hoc committee was formed to review the by-law including three Members of Council; two residents; one representative from the Mississauga Humane Society; representatives from Mississauga Animal Services and Enforcement, and representatives from the veterinary and animal welfare communities.
Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito and Animal Standards of Care Ad Hoc Committee Chair
“By working together with citizens, staff and Council, we have improved the recommendations from the initial report. This by-law will go a long way towards protecting animals and ensuring their well-being.”
Ward 7 Councillor Iannicca and Animal Standards of Care Ad Hoc Committee Member
“We have made progress to protect the animals in our community by working with those close to the issue.”
Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson and Animal Standards of Care Ad Hoc Committee Member
“This was a good example of the community and stakeholders coming together to find a workable solution to an important issue.”
Lily Chan, President of Mississauga Humane Society
“The new bylaw will enhance the well-being of animals in our city. We are especially pleased with the new by-law whereby ‘Animals (Dogs) must not be tethered for any longer than a total of four hours out of every 24 hours.’ This is a huge step in animal welfare and will stop suffering of the 24/7 outdoor confined dogs. Mississauga is the first city in implementing this restriction and I hope other cities of Ontario will follow our lead.”
Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector OSPCA
“The Ontario SPCA is pleased to see the support for Animal Welfare driven by the City of Mississauga Council. Animal Welfare is a community responsibility and the Society is always available to work with municipalities to address the Animal Care needs in their region. These changes to the City of Mississauga Animal Care By-laws have set a benchmark for municipalities across the province.”
Mickey Frost, director, Enforcement
“Animal Services will be reaching out to inform pet owners of the by-law changes and responsible pet care,” said Director of Enforcement Mickey Frost. “Staff will also review processes and procedures to ensure best practices are followed.”
New Standards of Care Highlights
For more information read the corporate report, Animal Standards of Care.
The report will be on the September 10, 2014 meeting of Council agenda for final approval.
Enforcement of the By-law
The by-law will be enforced on a complaints basis.
The Animal Standards of Care Ad Hoc Committee reviewed the Animal Care and Control Bylaw on the standards of care for keeping and housing animals to ensure that it met the best interests of the community and animals.
For more information read the report: Mandate and Terms of Reference – Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04, as amended, regarding the Standards of Care for the Keeping and Housing of Dogs and Animals
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