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Know The Law

It’s important to both know and understand the legal obligations that come with owning an animal, especially dogs. Legalities regarding ownership may vary from province to province, or even region to region. Some cities have their own bylaws set in place regarding the number of animals that may be permitted in a home and will also include specifics on leash laws, what would be considered “running at large” (loose), or even if you need to have your dog licensed by the city.

Additionally, in Ontario, we have what is known as the Dog Owner’s Liability Act aka DOLA. This lays out the basic foundation for ownership laws throughout the province and explains how owners are responsable for their pets actions. For more information on DOLA, head to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90d16.

Follow these links for everything you need to know about animal ownership in the Niagara Region.

Niagara on the lake


St Catharines


Port Colborne, Welland, Pelham, Wainfleet, West Lincoln, Haldimand County



Contact your city hall for additional information.


Parker Street Park is a small park with two entrances and hosts a couple winding paths that lead out into a wooded area, and down towards the road. Radar and I went this way and almost got lost, we do not recommend it for novice handlers or hikers. The path was narrow and muddy in January; waterproof boots and extra towels would be helpful.

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