Sherbrooke revises animal control regulations
Sherbrooke’s city council presented a new by-law on Monday which will be adopted on November 17th and then put into effect on January 1st, 2015. This revision of the existing by-law was deemed necessary after an analysis of the situation by the Service des affaires juridiques, the Societe protectrice des animaux (SPA) and others.
The new rules state that when animals are outside of the home (except cats), they must be on a leash and in an enclosure or enclosed yard, except when they are under the surveillance of their owner. In a public place they must always be on a leash, unless they are not allowed in the area or there is a special public event going on. These new rules apply to dogs, cats and reptiles.
The total number of cats and dogs in a home is still at four, however, a permit can be issued to someone who wants to adopt up to ten cats, as long as they stay inside the home or in an outside enclosure. Regardless of the number of cats in a home, they all have to be neutered except one. Other stipulations have been added, such as not leaving a dog alone for more than 24 hours, the minimum size of an outdoor enclosure, and not leaving an animal tied for more than twelve hours over a twenty-four hour period.
There is a new section on dangerous dogs. In future, a dangerous dog will need to be euthanized while others may be subject to more severe guidelines.
Reptiles that are up to two metres long must be kept in captivity at all times.
The penalties for breaking the new by-law will vary between $50 and $1000.