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Mississauga eyes new rules to protect pets in extreme weather

Mississauga council to vote on changes to city by-law that would make it illegal to keep dogs outside during extreme temperatures and weather warnings.

Mississauga City Council is expected to debate new rules that would protect dogs during extreme weather conditions.  The city struck up a committee earlier this year to look into the issue of pets being left outside during extreme weather after a resident came forward with a complaint and request that the bylaw be reviewed. 

The new rules would require owners to let their dogs out of the kennel for at least four hours every day and would restrict the amount of time a dog can be left chained-up outside to a maximum of four hours.  The amendments also set a required length for tethers and stipulate that the pet owner or caretaker must have the animal in their sights. 

The committee is also proposing that dogs can’t be left outside when there is a weather warning issued by Environment Canada or there is an extreme temperature alert.  Owners and caretakers also wouldn’t be allowed to leave pets in vehicles without proper ventilation or when the conditions could put the animal in distress.   

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