September 22nd, 2017 - Yesterday, St. Thomas Police responded to two separate reports
of citizens being bit by loose dogs running in the community. In both cases the
owners were charged under the Dog Owners Liability Act and fined $130.00 for Failing
to Keep Dog on Required Leash. The victims of the attacks and their pets both suffered
Under the Act, the charged person is also responsible to pay for damages resulting
in a bite or attack to the person or other animal involved.
Your dog must be on a leash unless you are on your own private property or at a
designated off leash dog park. If your dog is on your property off leash, it is
YOUR responsibility to make sure the dog stays on your property and does not chase
after pedestrians walking by.
Dog bites are preventable. Be a responsible dog owner.