Animal Control by-laws are in effect in Collingwood to some extent;
The Animal Control by-laws of Collingwood are not being enforced in the case of coyotes. As you read the BY-LAW No. 2012-016, which is the Animal By-law passed in 2012. (at a time before the current coyote concerns) you will realize that laws are in effect to protect residents and dogs in Collingwood except in the case of coyotes which appear to have an exempt status based the failure to act issue we are facing. There appears to be political pressure from potential public outcry for not harming coyotes which are breaking the laws which are in place to protect residents and dogs. Why is there not public outcry to use the laws to protect us? Please get engaged in this issue.
In essence dogs can not;
- run at large,
- bite other dogs,
- emit sounds to disturb inhabitants of the Town of Collingwood
The Town of Collingwood can;
- shoot an animal under the animal by-law and under the firearms by-law. Collingwood Firearms bylaw if it is a threat or nuisance.
- impound or otherwise restrain and detain all dogs running at large.
Residents can not keep candis species (coyotes) but the Town of Collingwood allows them on Town Property and roaming around Collingwood.
Coyotes commonly attack small dogs. We have had reported dog attacks and missing cats. Unfortunately there is a conflict as this information is likely reported to the Town of Collingwood and OPP who are not taking action. One media reported story proves coyotes attacked a dog in Collingwood. https://www.simcoe.com/community-story/8097745-collingwood-dog-attacked-by-coyotes/ In this reported case the Animal Control by-law of Collingwood was not acted on – no action was taken.
Complaints of disturbances, threat or nuisance (covered under the firearms by-law) have not been acted on.
Examples of a resident complaints which were not acted on under our rights of protection under Collingwood by-laws.
The Town of Collingwood has been aware of numerous infractions of by-laws which they refuse to act on.
What do we do when the Town of Collingwood will not act on by-laws and/or contravenes by-laws???
- The interesting issue becomes who to ask for the Collingwood by-laws to be enforced when the Town refuses. The Ombuds Office of Ontario has bee approached given their recent oversight of Municipalities. Ombuds Ontario complaint 02-28-2018
- Sign a petition to put public pressure on the Town of Collingwood.
- Contact a Town of Collingwood Councilor.
- Email the Town of Collingwood Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) who oversees the by-law department (interesting issue)
People need to get engaged in this issue for something to be done.
Email Collingwood Council members to voice your concerns. http://www.collingwood.ca/council
“animal” means any member of the animal kingdom, other than a human
“animal sound” means any sound emitted from an animal which is audible at property
occupied by persons other than the owner of the animal emitting the sound. Without
limitation, this term shall include barking, whimpering, whining, howling, yowling and
yelping, meowing, crying
“at large” means where an animal is found in a place other than the property of the
owner of the animal and not under the control of the owner of the animal or their
authorized representative, except where the owner of the property permits the animal to
be on their property
3.0 GENERAL PROVISIONS
3.1 This by-law pertains to animals being housed, harboured, kept or owned by any person
in the Town of Collingwood.
4.0 CAUSING A DISTURBANCE
4.1 No person shall cause, permit or allow an animal to emit animal sounds or other noise
for an extended or frequent period of time, which disturbs, or is likely to disturb the
inhabitants of the Town of Collingwood.
11.0 DOG BITES OR ATTACKS
11.1 Where a dog has bitten or attacked any person or domestic animal, or is alleged to have
bitten or attacked any person or domestic animal, the Municipal Law Enforcement
Officer or other duly appointed officer may issue an Order to the owner of the dog
requiring that the dog be kept muzzled and any other conditions deemed expedient by
the Officer at such times as are set out in the Order. Such Order shall set out the
conditions and the owner of the dog shall comply with all conditions of the Order. The
Order shall remain in effect until an action under the provisions of the Dog Owners’
Liability Act has concluded or until it is deemed by the Municipal Law Enforcement
Officer or other duly appointed officer that the dog in question is otherwise innocent of
such a bite or attack.
11.2 Where a dog has bitten or attacked any person or domestic animal, a proceeding may
be commenced by the Town against the owner of the dog to seek an Order of the Court
necessary for the protection of the public under the provisions of the Dog Owners’
Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16 and any amendments thereto.
12.0 SEIZING AND IMPOUNDING
12.2 It shall be the duty of the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer or other duly appointed
officer, to impound or otherwise restrain and detain all dogs running at large pursuant to
this by-law and,
15.2 Where an animal other than a dog, is, in the opinion of the Municipal Law Enforcement
Officer or other duly appointed officer, believed to be rabid and is believed to be a
danger or threat of danger to the safety of any person as a result of suspected rabies,
the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer or other duly appointed officer may immediately
kill the animal without notifying any person or without permitting any person to reclaim
the animal or without offering it for sale. No damages or compensation shall be
recovered by the owner or any other person on account of its killing regardless of
whether the results of any rabies tests are positive or not.
18.0 PROHIBITED ANIMALS
18.1 No person shall own, harbour, possess, keep, sell or offer for sale any animal listed
below as a pet or for any other purpose or for any period of time.
a) all non-human primates (such as gorillas and monkeys);
b) all felids, except the domestic cat;
c) all canids, except the domestic dog;