Responsible Pet Ownership By-law Review

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The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law aims to keep both pets and the community safe. The City is proposing to update the by-law to ensure that pets are properly cared for and not placed in at-risk scenarios. Some issues the bylaw updates intend to address include the use of animal traps in Winnipeg, Dangerous Dog designations, requirements for spaying or neutering, breeding, and exotic animals.

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Background

The Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law regulates the presence of wild and domesticated animals within Winnipeg, their activities, and the activities of their owners. Since the by-law came into force in 2013, opportunities have been identified

The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law aims to keep both pets and the community safe. The City is proposing to update the by-law to ensure that pets are properly cared for and not placed in at-risk scenarios. Some issues the bylaw updates intend to address include the use of animal traps in Winnipeg, Dangerous Dog designations, requirements for spaying or neutering, breeding, and exotic animals.

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Background

The Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law regulates the presence of wild and domesticated animals within Winnipeg, their activities, and the activities of their owners. Since the by-law came into force in 2013, opportunities have been identified to strengthen it to improve the safety of both pets and the community. Best practices in animal control and welfare have also evolved since the last review.

On May 10, 2021, the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks directed the Winnipeg Public Service to review and report back to the appropriate Committee of Council, within 180 days, on a fuller review of the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law that includes a review of:

  1. Current use of animal traps within the City of Winnipeg, including any type of trap that could cause injury or death to ensnared animals and any required by-law amendments to prohibit the use of traps within the City of Winnipeg that could cause harm to ensnared animals.
  2. Public Education on “wild-proofing” Urban Wildlife and co-existence techniques to minimize conflicts with urban wildlife, and any required by-law amendments.
  3. Dangerous Dog Designation, focusing on responsible pet ownership including training, more options in failure to compliance, a ban on guard dogs; and strengthening the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law with breed neutral language.
  4. Spay or Neuter, and Breeding creating new guidelines and requirement of a pet license within the by-law for breeders to ensure a history of responsible pet ownership and requirements of a letter from veterinarian; and any required by-law amendments to strengthen adherence of spay and neutering.
  5. Exotic Animals; strengthen the by-law with any required by-law amendments to mitigate impacts of pet hoarding, include a limitation, and prevent illegal disreputable trade of exotic animals.
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    When was the first Responsible Pet Ownership By-law created and why change it now?

    about 2 months ago

    The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw came into force in 2013. Since then, some issues have come to light and gaps have been identified. Best practices in regard to animal control and welfare have also evolved since the last review. Updating the by-law will make Winnipeg safer for pets and residents.

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    What are the gaps and issues the City hopes to address in proposed amendments to the by-law?

    about 2 months ago

    The City is looking to address the use of animal traps in Winnipeg, Dangerous Dog designations, requirements for spaying or neutering, breeding, and exotic animals, among other issues.

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    When could the proposed changes to the by-law come into effect?

    about 2 months ago

    If approved by Council, amendments to the bylaw are anticipated to take effect in 2022.

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    Are there any anticipated costs associated with the proposed changes to the by-law?

    about 2 months ago

    There are no anticipated costs associated with the proposed changes.

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    How did the City decide which animals are permitted in the draft recommendations, and what happens if I own an animal whose designation may change as a result of the proposed changes to the by-law?

    about 2 months ago

    Animal Services worked with the Winnipeg Humane Society and other stakeholders to develop a list of allowed animals. This list considers quality of life for animals and public safety. Animals legal prior to the bylaw updates may be kept the life of the animal (i.e. grandfathered). Grandfathered animals may only be sold or rehomed to homes outside of Winnipeg.

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    What happens if I have more than the allowable limit for exotic pets that may no longer be allowed in the city?

    about 2 months ago

    Animals legal prior to the bylaw updates may be kept the life of the animal (i.e. grandfathered). Grandfathered animals may only be sold or rehomed to homes outside of Winnipeg.

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    What if someone cannot afford to spay and neuter their pet and it is required by the proposed new bylaw?

    about 2 months ago

    Low income families can apply for the Subsidized Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) program to get their cats, dogs or rabbits spayed or neutered for a discounted rate. For more information, visit https://winnipeg.ca/cms/animal/helping_dogs_cats.stm.

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    How do I provide feedback?

    about 2 months ago

    Anyone else who has questions or comments can get in touch through email at RPObylaw@winnipeg.ca or phone at 311.

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