Leash laws to be enforced in Conservation Areas

Leash laws to be enforced in Conservation Areas

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hamilton Conservation Areas are active places in the spring season as many different user groups head out to enjoy the warmer weather.  Dog-walking is one of the many activities that users of our conservation areas enjoy. HCA welcomes dog owners and their dogs to all of Hamilton’s conservation areas — providing the dogs are kept on leash.

Most of our customers who walk their dogs in our conservation areas have been very considerate and kept their pets leashed at all times; however, we are still experiencing some problem areas.  There have been incidents in our areas where visitors and staff members have been bitten, threatened or attacked by off-leash dogs.

Dog owners are required by the City of Hamilton By-law and the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario to keep their dogs leashed at all times. We are seeking your assistance in asking you to keep your dog on a leash while in conservation areas.

Public safety is the overriding concern of this policy. Dog safety is a secondary concern. Dogs running loose have attacked leashed dogs, some requiring serious veterinary attention. Dangerous, fast-flowing currents, and wildlife, such as coyotes, can also pose a danger to dogs allowed off-leash. Dogs off leash can also disturb environmentally sensitive areas. Many small mammals and ground-nesting birds have been lost to unleashed dogs

HCA is asking for everyone’s co-operation in making our conservation areas safe and enjoyable for all.

HCA and City of Hamilton By-law Enforcement staff will be out patrolling areas frequented by dog owners who allow their pets to be unleashed. Violators could face charges, or be banned from conservation areas, under the authority of City of Hamilton By-laws and/or The Trespass to Property Act.