As part of a pilot project until the fall

MONTREAL, borough of Saint-Léonard, June 21, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The borough of Saint-Léonard will authorize, within the framework of a pilot project, from the 1uh next July, access to the trails of its 10 major parks for dog owners with their pets on a leash. It is the decision that the elected officials of the borough, councilors Suzanne De Larochellière, Arij El Korbi, Angela Gentileand advise him Dominique Perrytook place during a meeting of the Planning Commission, held yesterday afternoon.

These 10 large parks are the Giuseppe-Garibaldi, Hébert and Ladauversière parks, in the south of the borough, and the Coubertin, Delorme, Ermanno-La Riccia, Ferland, Luigi-Pirandello, Pie-XII and Wilfrid-Bastien, in the north of the arrondissement. As already stipulated in the by-law of the City of Montreal, access to playgrounds and sports fields, including pétanque alleys, in each of these parks is still not permitted to dogs and their owners.

The borough also has a ban on dogs and their owners in its mini-parks Antonino-Spada, Chopin, Deschambault, de Ségur, Giovanni-Caboto, Grandois, Glandelet, Reine-Lauzière and Robert. Children’s play areas occupy most of the area in these 9 mini-parks.

Along with the implementation of this pilot project, which should continue until next fall, the borough, as it had promised, will hold consultations and collect data. In-person or online consultations are held with park users and user organizations, property owners and residents, and representatives of schools and preschools. This collection of information will allow the borough to evaluate the project and ultimately measure its results, including social acceptability.

“My council colleagues and I believe that the pilot project to allow dogs on a leash only on the trails of our 10 large parks will be the best tool for our citizens to form an opinion on this new cohabitation. This decision will respond to dog owners who have supplied themselves in recent weeks. It will also reassure people who fear for their safety and that of their children,” underlines Suzanne De Larochellière, borough councilor for the Saint-Léonard Ouest district and elected head of public security for the borough.

“We believe that the presence of walkers with their dogs on a leash on the trails of our large parks has also contributed to increasing attendance and, by the same token, to improving safety, especially on trails that are a little borrowed less. We are also counting on the collaboration of dog owners to guarantee that the cleanliness of our parks will not be compromised by this project”, also specifies Ms.me From Larocheliere.

On behalf of the borough, Councilor De Larochellière appeals to the civic sense of dog owners. “We risk dog owners picking up their pet’s feces, holding and controlling their pet securely on a leash at all times, and giving way when approaching or in front of people who appear to have fears or who are walking with strollers or young children,” she insists.

The deadline for entry into force on 1uh July is required by the borough to modify and add signage to preserve playgrounds and sports fields in its 10 large parks.

Obligations of dog owners

The borough would also like to point out that dog owners, under the Regulation respecting the supervision of domestic animals (21-012) of the City of Montreal, always have obligations to respect by walking with their animal on the sidewalks, in the street, in public parking lots and, as of 1uh July, on the trails of its 10 major parks:

  • have a valid permit for their animal and renew it each year;
  • ensure that their pet wears a tag issued by the City at all times;
  • have their animal sterilized and microchipped;
  • hold their pet with a leash no longer than 1.85m;
  • have their pet wear a harness or halter attached to the leash if it weighs 20 kg or more;
  • not use a collar likely to cause pain to their animal (ex: choke collar, spiked collar or electric collar)
  • not tie their pet to a tree or street furniture;
  • control their animal at all times;
  • not make their pet drink from a park fountain;
  • pick up their animal’s excrement and throw it in a trash can;
  • do not feed their animal outside, as this risks attracting wild animals;
  • ensure that their animal does not interfere with the peace of others and public safety.

The Borough’s public domain inspectors and the City of Montreal’s canine brigade are responsible for enforcing this by-law. Police cadets and private security patrol agents, who criss-cross the territory of the borough until the beginning of fall, also raise public awareness.

SOURCE City of Montreal – Borough of Saint-Léonard

Information: Richard Caron, Political Attaché, 514 863-1932, [email protected]

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