Animal Bylaws

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Pet Owners

Are you thinking about getting a pet? There are a few things you should know. Refer to the Animal Control Bylaw for complete details, including a list of prohibited species.

 Dogs
 
Allowable number of dogs

You may have a maximum of three (3) dogs at one dwelling.

The by-law states that "Whether temporarily, permanently, or otherwise, no more than 3  dogs of age in excess of 2 months shall be kept, harboured, maintained or possessed at any one location within the Town of Tillsonburg."

Licensing requirements

All dogs must be licensed annually and must be wearing their tags at all times. The cost of the licence depends on whether your dog is intact or spayed/neutered.

 

Note that dogs must have a licence in Tillsonburg even if:

 

  • The animal is microchipped
  • The animal never goes outside
  • The dog only lives in Tillsonburg part of the year
  • The dog now lives in Tillsonburg but was licensed in a different municipality previously

 

Failing to license your dog may result in a $110.00 fine plus $25 per day

 

Provincial legislation requires dogs to be vaccinated against rabies.

Waste management

It is the pet owner's responsibility to pick up after their dog(s) and dispose of waste properly. Failing to pick up after your pet can lead to a $150.00 fine under By-Law 3507

 Acceptable behaviour

Dogs may not run at large. Pets must stay on their own property and be leashed when out in public at all times. The only exception is if the property owner has given permission for the pet to be on their property.

 

If  your dog is picked up by the Town's animal control contractor, there is a $90.00 fee, plus $ 18.00 per day (excluding the day the animal is picked up).

 

Dog owners are liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack on another person or a domestic animal. All animal bites must be reported to the Oxford County Board of Health at  519-539-9800 or  1-800-755-0394, and contact the Town of Tillsonburg By-Law department at 519-688-3009 ext 4600.

 Cats
 Allowable number of cats
You may have a maximum of two (2) cats at one dwelling.

The by-law states that "Whether temporarily, permanently, or otherwise, no more than 2 domestic cats of an age in excess of 2 months shall be kept, harboured, maintained or possessed at any one location within the Town of Tillsonburg."

 Licensing requirements
All cats must be licensed annually and must be wearing their tags at all times. The cost of the licence depends on whether your cat is intact or spayed/neutered.

 

Note that cats must have a licence in Tillsonburg even if:

  • the animal is microchipped
  • the animal never goes outside
  • the cat only lives in Tillsonburg part of the year
  • the cat now lives in Tillsonburg but was licenced in a different municipality previously

Failing to license your cat may result in a $110 fine plus $25 per day.

 

Provincial legislation requires cats to be vaccinated against rabies.

 

 Waste management
It is the pet owner's responsibility to pick up after their cat(s) and dispose of waste properly. Failing to pick up after your cat can lead to a $150.00 fine under By-Law 3507.
 Acceptable behaviour

Cats may not run at large. Pets must stay on their own property and be leashed when out in public at all times. The only exception is if the property owner has given permission for the pet to be on their property.

 

If your cat is picked up by the Town's animal control contractor, there is a $90.00 fee, plus $18.00 per day (excluding the day the animal is picked up).

 

Cat owners are liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack on another person or a domestic animal. All animal bites must be reported to the Oxford County Board of Health at 519-539-9800 or 1-800-755-0394, and the Town of Tillsonburg By-Law department at 519-688-3009 ext 4600.

 

 

 

Community Concerns

 Barking Dogs

 If you wish to report a barking dog, please reference the Barking Dog Evidence Package and use the included evidence sheet to record any incidents. 

 Lost/Found Pets

If you find a dog or cat that appears to be lost, contact the Customer Service Centre.

Learn more on our Lost and Found Pets page

Wildlife Problems

Tillsonburg Animal Control Services does not handle wildlife calls (i.e. skunks, deer, raccoons etc.)

 

Learn more on our Wildlife page.

 Abused Animals
 If you think an animal is being abused, contact animal welfare at 1-833-926-4625 or phone the OPP for emergencies.

 

NEW - Proposed Changes to Animal Control By-Law

The Animal Care & Control By-Law 3507 regulates licensing regulations and control of animals within the Town of Tillsonburg. The current By-Law was last reviewed and adopted by Municipal Council in 2011. Since that time, the Animal Care & Control By-Law 3507 has performed well, however, following a comprehensive review and public input, some minor changes are proposed.

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