City of Toronto raises fines for unleashed dogs by 50%
By Brian Reynolds
Dog owners beware. If you’re not keeping your dog on a leash you’re in for a big fine. On Thursday, July, 17th the City of Toronto along with the Toronto Police Service announced the beginning of a public education campaign and a bylaw blitz to enforce the rules.
There are currently 57 off-leash parks in Toronto available if your dog is vaccinated and registered with the city. If you’re caught with your canine off leash outside of these areas and on public property, you’ll be facing a $360 fine. The fine is a 50% increase on the $240 fine set in 2012. At this time you are still allowed to have your dog unleashed on your own private property.
The steep increase in the fine could be in response to the sharp increase of complaints. Last year there were 130 complaints regarding unleashed dogs. Since the beginning of this year there have been 440 complaints and 66 charges. No further information of the complaints was provided by the city or the Toronto Police Service.
Bylaw officers will begin the crackdown mostly in public parks. The city’s press release stated that “Enforcement officers will work their way through Toronto’s parks, including, for example, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Birkdale Ravine, Thompson Park, Wexford Park and Hunter’s Glen Park.”
If you need to acquire a license for your dog you can register online for $25 a year.