M.E. and YOU: Weekly Municipal Enforcement Messages

Posted On Monday September 23, 2019
Pet lovers regularly enjoy autum day walks on city trails and parks.  Did you know pet owners, or someone taking care of an animal must keep them in control?  That’s means pets must be kept on a leash when not on private property. The only exception is when at the off leash dog park. Even obedient pets can act differently under stressful situations, or when excited, and may bite. An animal may bite becuase it's afraid (ex: when a dog is surprised), if it hasn't been spayed or neutered or if protecting it's territory (dogs are very territorial).
Here are some tips to remember:
  • Never approach or pet an unfamiliar dog without the owner’s permission
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies
  • Do not let small children play with a dog unsupervised
If you’re approched by an aggressive dog:
  • Stop, keep still and be calm
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog and say, “No!” in a firm voice if the dog is being aggressive.
  • Stand sideways facing the dog because it’s a less aggressive posture
Anyone who does not keep their pets under control could face a fine of $150 or more – If  it happens more than once. The fine for a dog harassing, biting a person or another dog can be as high as $500. Please keep pets on a leash and under control when they’re away from home, so eveyone makes it home safe.

Fort Saskatchewan is a Vision Zero community and asks, “What are you doing to make our roads safer?” For more information on Vision Zero please visit fortsask.ca/visionzero