In an effort to raise public awareness about regulatory provisions under the Act to promote the protection of persons by establishing a framework with regard to dogs, which have been in effect since 2020, the municipal administrations of Boisbriand, Lorraine, Rosemère and Sainte-Thérèse, along with the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville (RIPTB) and the SPCA Lanaudière Basses-Laurentides, have launched the “Proud to Be Tagged” campaign. The goal of this campaign, which will run from June 27 to August 31, is to make sure dog owners are properly informed of their responsibilities.
Mandatory licenses and ID tags
A license and ID tag issued by the SPCA Lanaudière Basses-Laurentides must be obtained within 15 days of a dog’s adoption, a move to a principal residence in one of the four communities or a puppy turning three months old. Tags must be worn at all times and are renewable every two years. Residents can order tags and obtain a license online at spcalanaudiere.org for a $25 fee. Alternatively, tags can be purchased from the following retailers: Animaux etc. (Blainville), Focus Animal (Rosemère), Le Royaume des 4 pattes (Sainte-Thérèse) or L’Original Auberge canine et féline (Boisbriand).
Leashes required in public places
The provincial regulation stipulates that, in public places, dogs must at all times be under the control of a person capable of controlling them. Except in a dog run facility, dogs must be on a leash whose maximum length is 1.85 m (6 ft). Dogs of 20 kg (44 lb) or more must also wear, at all times, a halter or a harness attached to their leash. This applies in parks and wooded areas as well.
“Complying with these regulatory provisions is essential to ensuring humans and dogs can live together in harmony and to keeping our communities clean and safe,” said Jean Comtois, Mayor of Lorraine and Chair of the RIPTB Board of Directors. “And keeping dogs properly leashed is the best way to avoid bites. I’d also like to point out that all of fees paid for ID tags will go to the SPCA Lanaudière Basses-Laurentides to help them continue their work.”
The Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville is responsible for enforcing these provisions within the four communities it serves. Residents who have a dog-related enquiry or complaint are asked to call 450-435-2421, ext. 3500. For dog bites, the number to call is 9-1-1.