Animal Control

Change in Animal Control Services
As of December 1, 2017, the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley will no longer be providing Animal Control Services on a one-year trial basis. Council acknowledges that most pet owners are responsible pet owners.  Dog owners will not be required to purchase a dog licence.

Having a pet adds value to our lives.  A pet provides love, delight and companionship. While many people love animals, there are some people who do not.  People that do not own pets have their own reasons such as allergies or they don’t want the mess, smell, or the work that can be involved in owning a pet.  It is important to respect their decisions and their rights.

If you own a pet, please minimize the impact your pet(s) may have on your neighbors. To be a good pet owning neighbor you should:

1. Control excessive noise

If you own a dog be aware of the noise they can make. Many pet owners can become selectively deaf, tuning out or ignoring the noise their pets can make when they bark. Don’t let your dog bark on a continuous or consistent basis when outdoors.  Carefully monitoring your pets’ barking while outside at night, mornings and on the weekends can make for a peaceful neighborhood.

2.  Keep your pet under control 
Fences can make great neighbors. People that do not own pets do not appreciate your pet coming onto their property. What you see as an adorable ball of fur can sometimes be your neighbor’s worst nightmare.  When walking your pet always use a leash this not only makes your neighbor more comfortable but can also save your pets life.

3. Poop & scoop  

It is your responsibility to clean up after your pet. Many people take great pride in their property, so allowing your pet to urinate or defecate on your neighbor’s property will definitely lead to problems.

4. Identification dog tags 

The Township will not be selling dog tags so please make sure your dog has an identification tag with your contact information on it in the event your dog wanders away from home so it can be quickly reunited with you.

Cruelty to Animals  Cruelty to animals is a criminal offense and against the law. To report animal cruelty, call the OSPCA at 613-310-7722. 

Ontario’s Dog Owner’s Liability Act (DOLA)

Section 5.1 of the DOLA states that “each owner of a dog shall exercise reasonable precautions to prevent it from biting or attacking a person or domestic animal; or behaving in a manner that poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals.”  In other words, dog owners are strictly liable for any damage or injury caused by their dogs.

BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER AND A GOOD NEIGHBOUR




Livestock Predation
Compensation for Livestock Losses Due to Wolf/Coyote/Dog Predation
Under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program livestock and poultry producers are entitled to make claims to their local municipality for livestock losses attributed to attacks by wolves, coyotes or dogs.

What do I do if I believe I have suffered a loss of livestock due to predation?
If you believe your livestock/poultry have suffered an injury/kill due to predation by a coyote, wolf or a stray dog, do not remove the carcass from the attack site as the valuer will want to examine the area for evidence to help determine the cause of the loss. You can report livestock injuries/kill to the Township Office at 613 - 267-6500 during business hours or on weekend or holidays, the number to call is Cathy Ryder, Deputy Clerk at 613-200-0769. 
Please keep these phone numbers handy.


What happens when I contact the Township?
The service standards are as follows:
  1.  Within 48 hours from the time of discovering death or injury, the livestock owner must notify the municipality. This is the notification date.
  2.  Within 3 business days from receiving notification, the valuer will conduct a full investigation of the incident.
  3. Within 10 business days from receiving notification, the valuer will prepare and serve a report (i.e. the Program Application) with all applicable identification numbers in writing to the Municipal Clerk.
  4. The municipality, will send your application to OMAFRA, and then the Ministry will evaluate, and send the owner a letter whether your claim is approved and if any compensation is to be awarded. The livestock owners has  20 business days from the time the Program Application is received to request a review by a second valuer if they disagree.
  5. If no requests for a review by a second valuer are filed within 20 business days, the municipality will receive notification from the Ministry to release compensation.

*The municipality can not issue payment until the review and appeals process has been completed, based on Ministry guidelines.

Are there any eligibility requirements?
You must provide your FBR and Premises ID
Also - if a livestock owner is eligible for compensation and chooses not to provide a SIN/Business Number, they will not be eligible to receive that claim.

What is a Premises ID number?
Premises identification requires the assignment of a unique identifier - a Premises Identification Number - to a parcel of land characterized as being associated with agrifood activity (ies).

How does a producer register for a Premises ID number?
The process to register is simple and there is no cost associated with registering. For instructions of how to obtain a Premises ID number please contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-855-697-7743 or email ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or apply online at www.ontarioppr.ca

If the livestock are on rented property does the livestock owner need to supply the Premises ID number of the rented land, or will their own Premises ID number suffice?
The Premises ID number where the livestock were killed or injured should be used.The livestock owner does not need to own a parcel of land to apply for a premises ID number. Multiple numbers are not assigned to the same parcel of land even if more than one applicant applies

What are the Maximum Amounts of Compensation?
Provincial regulations establish maximum amounts of compensation. Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website at www.omafra.gov.on.ca for details on compensation amounts.

What if I do not agree with the municipal valuer’s report?
If you do not agree with the municipal valuer’s report, you may appeal to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), in writing, within 20 days of receiving the valuer’s report. A cheque or money order of $25, payable to the “Minister of Finance” must accompany the appeal. The $25 fee will be refunded if the appeal is upheld.

Where do I get more information on predation of livestock?
Further information can be found at OMAFRA’s website at www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/