Animals

Vaudreuil-Dorion residents are allowed to keep a maximum of two cats and two dogs per household. The owner must have a permit for each pet animal, valid for its lifetime, available at City Hall or from an Animal Control Officer.

Permits

Under By-law 1510, a permit is compulsory for all cats and dogs. The permit fee is $15. The $5 replacement fee for lost tags is still in effect. Permits are available at City Hall or from the Control Officer.

Vagrant animals

Whenever a dog or cat is outside the residential unit or outbuildings of its guardian, the animal must be kept on a leash not exceeding 2 metres in length, or restrained by means of a device (fastening, fencing, etc.) that prevents it from leaving the property.

Animal Control Officer

The Animal Control Officer is responsible for catching stray dogs and cats. He/she also recovers injured or dead animals in public places or streets.

Residents experiencing problems with wildlife on their properties may borrow a cage from the Public Works Department for a $25 deposit. Once the animal has been captured, you can contact the Animal Control Officer to come and collect the animal. Charges apply for this service.

To contact the Animal Control Officer, call 450-455-3371 ext. 2599.

Feces

It is important that dog guardians be equipped at all times with means to remove and dispose of feces in a hygienic manner, whether on public or private property. Dogs are prohibited in the City’s parks, playgrounds and public places.

Canine Exercise Areas (dog runs)

It is forbidden for anyone to walk a dog in municipal parks. There are 4 dog runs for residents: on Marier (corner of des Merisiers), on du Ruisselet, on Lorne-Worsley and at the corner of montée Cadieux and Saint-Charles. You are strongly recommended to ensure that your pet has up-to-date immunization coverage and is adequately protected from internal and external transmissible parasites.

Code of Conduct in Canine Exercise Areas (dog runs)

  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult within the dog run.

  • Dog runs are open daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

  • The dog guardian must be in the dog run at the same time as the dog and supervise it at all times while it is on the site. The guardian must keep the dog leashed at all times it is not within the confines of the dog run. Outside the dog run, the dog must be kept on a leash not exceeding 2 metres.

  • Guardians must collect all feces (excrement) from their pets and dispose of it in a hygienic manner in the bins provided for this purpose. This rule applies both inside and outside the confines of the dog run. However, the rule does not apply to blind persons.

  • It is prohibited for dog guardians to be responsible for more than 2 dogs within the dog run.

  • Guardians must be able to control their animals at all times.

  • Guardians are prohibited from consuming food within the dog run. Feeding a dog inside the run is also prohibited.

  • Dogs must not bark, howl or whine in a manner that disturbs the peace. Guardians must use the means necessary to prevent their dogs from disrupting the peace and quiet of the neighbourhood. If necessary, use a muzzle.

  • Dogs using the dog run must be vaccinated and not be carriers of disease, in order to pose no risk to other dogs.

  • Dangerous, aggressive, attack or protection dogs are prohibited within the dog run.

  • Dogs in heat (rut) are prohibited within the dog run.

  • Dogs must have a permit.

Hens

A pilot project allows for hens to be kept, under very strict conditions ensuring animal welfare and respect for the neighbourhood. The maximum number of chickens varies according to the area of ​​land: 2 hens for lots of less than 400 sq m and 5 hens for lots of more than 400 sq m. Cocks (roosters) are not permitted.

Installing a chicken coop requires a permit from the City, available from the Permits and Inspections Division for a fee of $20. The hen house must be provided with ventilation, insulation and a heat source if poultry is kept between November 1st and April 15th. Its area must not exceed 10 sq m, just like the adjoining wire enclosure, and should also be at least 2 m from any property line.

Domestic hens must remain inside the hen house between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. The cleanliness of the installations is of the greatest importance—odours must not be perceptible outside the coop. Lastly, the sale of eggs or any other product derived from chickens is prohibited and no signs for this purpose are permitted.

Wild Animals

The Act Respecting the Conservation and Development of Wildlife prohibits killing or capturing a wild animal without first attempting to scare it away or prevent it from causing damage.

Preventive measures to avoid attracting wild animals

  • Cap chimneys.

  • Eliminate white grubs (European chafer larvae) from lawns.

  • Prevent access to household garbage by placing it in tightly sealed metal garbage cans.

  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors.

  • Install vinyl slats designed for chain-link fences on the trunks of fruit trees to prevent animals from climbing.

  • Install netting on top of the tree if animals are reaching it by climbing by an adjacent tree or a fence.

  • Prune branches that permit access to rooftops.

If you notice any damage caused by a wild animal on your property, it is essential to identify the animal in order to take the appropriate means to keep it away. To find out about the animal's life habits and select an appropriate solution, consult the Animaux importuns (troublesome animals) section of the website of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec.