Loose Dog TIPS (city)
IF YOU SEE A DOG RUNNING AT LARGE IN THE CITY OF WINNIPEG
“running at large”, means that an animal is not;
(a) either on its owner’s property, or on other property with the consent of the owner or occupant;
(b) securely confined in a vehicle or other enclosure; and
(c) securely leashed and in the custody of someone competent to control it;.
THE CITY OF WINNIPEG BY-LAW NO. 92/2013 – Responsible Pet Ownership By-law
1. Take note of and if possible please record & report the following important details that will aid in getting the dog to safety:
i. The exact location, (area, street & cross street as well as distinct landmarks) that you see the dog (s) at.
ii. The exact time & date that you see the dog(s)
iii. Direction & speed of travel.
iv. The size, breed, gender, approximate age, and any distinguishable markings on the dog(s)
v. Wearing a collar? Collar type? collar color? Is there a partial leash attached, and/or any visible tags on the collar?
vi. Obvious injuries
vii. The demeanor of the dog(s). Scared, confused, skittish, aggressive, interested, brave, confident, inquisitive, playful, walking at a normal gait, running, trotting, etc.
2. Assess the surrounding area for immediate dangers such as traffic, weather.
3. Call Winnipeg Animal Services at 311 without delay to report the dog running at large. Alternatively, you can file a report at: http://winnipeg.ca/shared/htmlsnippets/MailForm.asp?Recipient=311
4. Please do NOT chase the dog(s) under any circumstances. An attempt may be made to lure the dog(s) with food, water, treats, but must be done with the utmost care & forethought.
- Stay very low to the ground.
- Do not make eye contact.
- No sudden or aggressive movements. Excited or aggressive energy will be construed as a threat to the dog(s).
- Whistling or calling to the dog may trigger a negative reaction and put the dog in immediate danger.
- Talk in a low, calm, soothing voice with one hand outward, palm facing down.
- Place treats or food directly on the ground in front of you but give the dog(s) a safe space in distance, lessening the distance as time goes by.
- Patience is extremely critical in gaining the trust of the dog(s).
If you are able to safely lure the dog and secure it, take it to Winnipeg Animal Service (WAS) or The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) during regular business hours.
AFTER HOUR VETERINARY CLINICS
Southglen Vet | 204-452-0077 (730 St. Anne’s Rd)
Plessis Vet | 204-691-8838 (17 – 1783 Plessis Ave.)
Pembina Vet | 204-452-9427 400 Pembina Hwy (Pembina Veterinary is open 24/7 for emergencies)
The above clinics will accept lost dogs after hours if they have available space for them. During business hours many clinics will also accept lost dogs to their facilities to ensure their safety.