The city of Toronto is launching a public awareness campaign and enforcement blitz aimed at owners who allow their dogs to be off leash outside of designated leash-free areas.
The city has 57 off-leash parks for dogs, and all dogs must be leashed if outside of these designated areas.
“In 2013, there were a total of 130 complaints regarding dogs running off-leash. To date in 2014, there have been 440 complaints and 66 charges. A fine of $360 can be issued for allowing a dog to run at large except in a posted designated leash-free area.” read the city’s news release.
The city is also reminding dog owners that in order to use the off-leash parks dogs must be vaccinated and licensed.
Dog licenses in the city of Toronto cost $25 a year.