As part of a pilot project until the autumn

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

These 10 large parks are the Giuseppe-Garibaldi, Hébert and Ladauversière parks in the southern part of the district and Coubertin, Delorme, Ermanno-La Riccia, Ferland, Luigi-Pirandello, Pie-XII and Wilfrid-Bastien, in the northern part of the arrondissement. As already provided for in Montreal’s city law, access to playgrounds and sports fields, including petanque courts, in each of these parks is still not permitted for dogs and their owners.

The district also maintains the ban on dogs and their owners in its mini parks Antonino-Spada, Chopin, Deschambault, de Ségur, Giovanni-Caboto, Grandois, Glandelet, Reine-Lauzière and Robert. Play areas for children fill most of the area in these 9 mini parks.

Along with the implementation of this pilot project, which is to continue until next autumn, the district, as it had promised, will hold hearings and collect data. Personal or online consultations are planned with park users and user organizations, property owners and residents, as well as representatives of schools and kindergartens. This collection of information will allow the district to evaluate the project and ultimately measure its results, including social acceptance.

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

“We believe that the presence of walkers with their dogs on a leash on the paths in our large parks will also help to increase attendance and in the same way improve safety, especially on paths that are a little less borrowed. We also expect with the cooperation of dog owners to demonstrate that the cleanliness of our parks will not be compromised by this project, ”clarifies From Larochelliere.

On behalf of the district, Councilor De Larochellière is appealing to dog owners’ sense of citizenship. “We encourage dog owners to pick up their animals’ excrement, to keep and control their animals on a leash at all times, and to give in when approaching or in front of people who appear to be fearful or who are walking. strollers or small children, ”she concludes.

The deadline for entry into force is 1eh July is required by the district to change and add signage to preserve playgrounds and sports fields in its 10 large parks.

Obligations for dog owners

The municipality would also like to remind that dog owners below Ordinance on the supervision of domestic animals (21-012) in Montreal City, always have obligations to respect by walking with their animals on the sidewalks, on the street, in public parking lots and from July on the tracks of its 10 large parks:

  • have a valid permit for their animal and renew it every year;
  • ensure that their animals bear a mark issued by the city at all times;
  • get their animals sterilized and microchipped;
  • keep their pets on 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;
  • do not wear a collar that is likely to cause pain to their animals (eg choke collar, stud collar or electric collar)
  • do not tie their pets to a tree or street furniture;
  • control their animals at all times;
  • do not make their pet drinks from a park fountain;
  • pick up their animal excrement and dispose of it in a trash can;
  • do not feed their animals outside as this risks attracting wild animals;
  • ensure that their animals do not harm the peace of others and public safety.

Public inspectors from the district and the Ville de Montreal dog brigade are responsible for enforcing this statute. Police cadets and private security patrol agents, who cross the territory of the district until the beginning of autumn, will also raise awareness among the population.

SOURCE City of Montreal – Borough of Saint-Léonard

For further information: Richard Caron, Political Attaché, 514 863-1932, [email protected]

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