Responsible Pet Ownership By-law Review

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Consultation has concluded.

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.

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.

Consultation has concluded.

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    When was the first Responsible Pet Ownership By-law created and why change it now?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year 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?

    over 1 year ago

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