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Animal Services Issues

Q. Does a dog have to be on a leash?

A. Yes. All dogs must be on a leash. No dog shall be allowed to run at large or trespass on private property, even when on a leash. Any dog running at large may be taken to the City Animal Shelter by a Police Officer or an Animal Services Officer.

For information on “Leash Free” areas or inquiries about Mississauga Animal Services, please contact (905) 896-5858.


Q. Does the law require owners to clean up after their pets?

A. Yes. Owners MUST clean up after their pets. Owners who fail to “Stoop and Scoop” can be liable to a fine up to $5,000.


Q. Does my dog or cat need a license?

A. Yes. Dogs and cats need to be licensed. Licences can be obtained in person from the Animal Services Shelter or Civic Centre (Cashiers). Licences can also be purchased through the mail. Applications are available at the Animal Services Shelter, most veterinarians and pet stores. Licence information and applications are available by calling (905) 896-5858.


Q. How many pets can a resident keep?

A. No person other than a licensed kennel operator, pet store or veterinarian shall keep more than four (4) animals in the City of Mississauga.

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