Love your pet, but please remember to pick up after them.

This article details information about responsible pet ownership and a reminder to residents to pick up after one’s pet.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

With many of us being around the house more, we know that Max, Yogi, or Molly may be getting a little more love, affection, and attention as we all deal with the new realities of being at home.

Although our dogs may love the extra time together, it’s important to remember that some neighbours don’t enjoy stepping on Max’s leftovers in the park, something we’ve been hearing about at the Ward 8 office.

For more details, please continue reading below…

As we’re spending more time at home and in our neighbourhoods, our community parks are a vital space for everyone. Besides enjoying the greenery and landscape, parks are a vital space for residents to exercise, play sports, or picnic (in a socially distanced and safe manner for the time being).

What can quickly ruin a beautiful day for someone though, is stepping in something that shouldn’t be there.

We’ve recently heard from residents across the Ward about owners who are unfortunately not picking up after their pooches, and after checking in with the City’s Parks Department, we’re hearing that this has been an ongoing issue since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

After hearing from concerned residents, we thought we’d share a few reminders about pet ownership and how dog owners can help keep our parks and streets clean.

The City of Hamilton’s Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law was created for the health and safety of residents, property protections, and prevention of public issues.

The ownership by-law highlights the importance of picking up after your pet, and the types of fines which a dog owner may have to pay should they not adhere to the by-law.

We want to remind Ward 8 neighbours to be mindful of your neighbours and please abide by the following when out with your best friend;

  • Pick up after your dog, whether Max chooses to do his business on city or private property. Remembering a bag, or having a handy bag holder can ensure that you’ll always be able to pick up after your pet.
  • Ensure that pets are always on leashes in city parks, with the exception being dog parks. A list of dog parks can be found here (Parks have reopened as of May 19).

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.


Councillor John-Paul Danko