Dog Owners' Liability Act
Ottawa BY-LAW NO. 2003 - 77
(a) the vicious dog is muzzled so as to prevent it from biting a person or domestic animal, (
b) the vicious dog is securely leashed on a leash which does not allow it to go beyond the property line of the owner's lands, and
(c) the vicious dog is contained within an enclosed area, including a fence of an appropriate height for the breed of dog, or in a manner such that the vicious dog is unable to come into contact with persons or other animals.
30 Every owner of a vicious dog shall at all times when the vicious dog is not within the boundaries of the owner's premises,
(a) keep the vicious dog under the effective control of a person sixteen (16) years of age or older and under leash, such leash not to exceed two (2 m) metres in length, and
(b) keep the vicious dog muzzled.
a) within fourteen (14) days of receiving the notice to comply, or
(b) at any time after the Animal Control Tribunal has confirmed the muzzling or leashing requirement, or both, if the circumstances respecting the vicious dog have changed, the Director shall advise the Committee Coordinator to the Animal Control Tribunal of the request for a hearing and obtain a hearing date.
(a) include a statement,
(i) as to the time, date, place and purpose of the hearing, and
(ii) that if the owner of a vicious dog does not attend the hearing the Tribunal may proceed in his or her absence and he or she will not be entitled to any further notice, and
(b) be served personally or by registered mail to the owner of a vicious dog at his or her address last on file with the Director.
(2) The City shall be represented at the hearing by either the Director or the City Solicitor, or the assistant who is entitled to adduce evidence and submit argument.
(3) The owner of the vicious dog may, at the hearing,
(a) be represented by counsel or an agent,
(b) call and examine witnesses and present his or her arguments and submissions, and
(c) conduct cross-examination of witnesses reasonably required for a full and fair disclosure.
(4) The Animal Control Tribunal may:
(a) exempt the owner of the vicious dog from the muzzling or leashing requirement, or both, or
(b) confirm the muzzling or leashing requirement, or both.
(5) The Animal Control Tribunal shall give its decision in writing to the Director within seven (7) days of the date of the completion of the hearing.
(6) The Director, in receipt of the decision referred to in subsection (5), shall forthwith notify the owner of the vicious dog of the decision by serving a copy personally or by registered mail to:
(a) the owner of the vicious dog at the address last known to the Director, or
(b) the counsel or agent of the owner of the vicious dog, if any, at his or her address as stated to the Animal Control Tribunal.
(7) All hearings shall be public hearings unless the owner of a vicious dog requests that the hearing be held in camera and the Animal Control Tribunal may approve the request by a simple majority.
(8) The Animal Control Tribunal's decision shall be final and binding. 36 Sections 27 to 35 inclusive shall not apply to police working dogs during the course of fulfilling their duties.