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City reminds all dog owners to obey the rules, or else

Leashes and scooping poop are among responsibilities in city's Animal Care and Control by-law
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The City of Sault Ste. Marie issued a news release today, reminding dog owners of their responsibilities as outlined in the Animal Care and Control by-law:

  • Stoop and Scoop

It is mandatory for all dog owners to promptly clean up and appropriately dispose of feces left by dogs on any property within City limits, including fields and park areas.

  • Running at Large

Dogs must be under control at all times and are not permitted to run at large anywhere within the City, other than the property owned by its owner and at the Strathclair Dog Park. The Strathclair Dog Park is located at 962 Second Line East adjacent to the entrance to the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society. Dogs off their owner’s property must be leashed with a maximum length of 6 feet. 

Despite off leash regulations, and associated by-law enforcement, City parks and sports complexes have seen an upward trend of dogs running off-leash, posing risks to park users, and creating sanitation concerns. Respecting leash regulations and cleaning up after pets are fundamental responsibilities of pet owners.

  • Persistent Barking

Persistent barking of dogs for 10 minutes or longer is prohibited.

  • Dog Licenses

Dog owners must register their dogs annually through the Sault Ste. Marie & District SPCA. By obtaining an annual dog license, owners can expedite the return of their dog should they ever stray. Visit or call 705-949-3573.

More information about city bylaws can be found here


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