Frequently Asked Questions

This Frequently Asked Questions page will answer questions about :
  • Restricted right of possession
  • Licensing
  • Sterelization
  • Microchipping
  • Canine Exercise Area (CEA)
  • Accessories
  • Resources
  • Breach of the law
  • General
  • Visitors from other cities

RESTRICTED RIGHT OF POSSESSION

What is the restricted right of possession in Brossard? 

This is the right of an owner to continue to possess a dog covered by the prohibition of certain breeds, or by any other prohibition arising from a decision of the competent authority or a court, and to be with that dog within Brossard’s city limits.

What dog breeds are subject to the restricted right of possession in Brossard? 

Any pure- or cross-breed dog from a breed or mix of breedsin the following list:
  1. Bull Terrier;
  2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier; 
  3. American Pit Bull Terrier;
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier;
  5. a cross-bred dog that is of, or possesses the substantial characteristics of, one of the above breeds;

What obligations and conditions must be fulfilled to obtain the restricted right of possession for my dog in Brossard?

To obtain the restricted right of possession and retain the right to keep your dog in Brossard, you must: 
  1. Obtain a valid dog licence no later than September 30, 2016; 
  2. Produce a certificate from a veterinary doctor, before December 1, 2016, attesting that the animal has been sterilized. 
  3. Produce a certificate from a veterinary doctor, before December 1, 2016, attesting that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies. 
  4. Deliver an attestation that the dog has been equipped with a microchip before December 1, 2016. 
  5. Deliver an attestation that you and your dog have followed and successfully completed an obedience course given by a recognized dog behaviour specialist before June 30, 2017.
  6. Post and maintain a written notice at your home that can be easily seen from public land and which bears the words “Attention – chien dangereux”.
  7. Your dog must be wearing a basket muzzle, whenever you are on public roads or in public places, including the canine exercise areas. =

Where do I send the documents required by the Ville de Brossard concerning my dog covered by the restricted right of possession?

Please include your complete contact information (address, phone number and e-mail), and send or bring a copy of all required supporting documents within the required time limits, by mail or in person, to: 

Services Brossard
2001 boulevard de Rome
Brossard, QC  J4W 3K5

You can also send us your documents via e-mail to services@brossard.ca.

Why must I obtain an attestation of obedience courses for my dog covered by the restricted right of possession in Brossard?

Proof that you have obtained the certification will demonstrate that you have acquired the notions of self-control necessary to stabilize your animal and have learned to walk your dog on a leash, give clear directives and ensure that they are followed, as well as measures to call your dog back. 

How many hours does it take to complete the obedience course required by the City for dogs covered by the restricted right of possession? 

The Ville de Brossard does not require a specific number of hours of obedience training. Each case is different, based on the age and the specific needs of the dog.

Does the Ville de Brossard recognize a report of non-dangerousness in place of an obedience course attestation for dogs covered by the restricted right of possession?

No, the City does not recognize a report of non-dangerousness in the place of an an obedience course attestation since this does not determine the ability of the guardian to control his dog.

What information must appear on an an obedience course attestation required by the Ville de Brossard?

The attestation filed must specify that it is an obedience course, the name of the school, the name of the dog behaviour specialist, the date and place of the training, the name of the dog, and the name and contact information of the guardian. 

What is the deadline to deliver an obedience course attestation for my dog covered by the restricted right of possession?

The Animal Control By-Law requires the guardian of a dog covered by the restricted right of possession to deliver, no later than June 30, 2017, an attestation that he and his dog have followed and successfully completed an obedience course given by a recognized dog behaviour specialist. 

If I believe my dog is not dangerous, can I remove the “ Attention –  chien dangereux” sign and / or create my own sign? 

No, the “Attention – chien dangereux” sign must be easily visible at all times from public land and you cannot change or remove it.

Where can I get an “Attention – chien dangereux” sign?

You can obtain a sign at the Services Brossard counter located at 2001 boulevard de Rome.

After I have met the conditions to obtain the restricted right of possession for my dog, could I lose this right?

Yes, the restricted right of possession is lost when the owner of the subject dog violates the by-law, or when the subject dog is absent from the territory of Brossard for more than 9 months. 

Any dog having lost the benefits conferred by the restricted right of possession is prohibited within the city limits.

Is the restricted right of possession transferable from one animal to another, for example, if my dog dies and I wish to adopt another similar dog?

No, this right is not transferable from one owner to another or from one dog to another. 

If I forgot to buy a license for my dog before September 30, 2016 but I have all the certificates required by the City, will my dog be covered by the restricted right of possession and accepted in Brossard?

Answer: No, after September 30, 2016, no new dog subject to the restricted right of possession will be accepted in the Brossard register of licenses, and you will therefore need to dispose of your animal.

May I move to Brossard after September 30, 2016, with a dog subject to the restricted right of possession?

No, after September 30, 2016, no new dog subject to the restricted right of possession will be accepted in the Brossard register of licenses or within Brossard. If you are a new Brossard resident, you must dispose of your animal.

LICENSING

Am I required to have a licence for my dog or my cat in Brossard?

Yes, you are required to obtain a valid licence for your dog or cat. The Animal Control By-Law (REG-219) stipulates that any guardian of a dog or a cat must have an annual licence for that animal in Brossard.  

If my cat is equipped with a microchip, am I required to buy a licence from the city?

No, if your cat is equipped with a microchip, you do not have to buy a licence from the city. The microchip replaces the licence.   

If my cat does not go outside of my house, am I required to buy a licence?

No, the licence is not required if your cat does not go outside your building or your home.  

What is the price of a licence for a dog or cat?

The cost is $35 for a dog and $20 for a cat. Discounts apply with proof of your animal's sterilization and microchipping.
The licence is free for a guide dog.

 
Where do I buy the licence for a dog or a cat?

You can buy a licence for your animal in two ways:

  • At the Services Brossard counter in the lobby of the city hall at 2001, boulevard de Rome, or

  • From the city employee who comes to read your water meter.

How long is a dog or cat licence valid for?

Your animal's licence is valid from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. The licence must be renewed annually.

Am I required to renew my dog or cat's licence each year?

Yes, you must renew the licence of your animal as of July 1st each year.  

Can I be reimbursed for the cost of the licence if I lose my pet's tag?

No, the cost of your animal's licence is not refundable.  

Can I get another tag if I lose my pet's?

Yes, you may purchase a duplicate of your animal's tag for the sum of $10. 

Am I required to move my animal's tag every time I change the collar?

Yes, the By-Law requires that animals must be identified. You must therefore ensure that your dog or cat wears the tag issued by the city  at all times.

STERELIZATION

Do I have to sterilize my dog living in Brossard?

Yes, all dogs within Brossard’s city limits will need to be sterilized at the latest by June 30, 2017. Note that this time limit does not apply to dogs covered by the restricted right of possession, for which the guardian must submit proof of sterilization to the City by December 1, 2016.

Do I have to sterilize my cat even if it stays inside my home?

No, you are not obliged to sterilize your cat if it never goes outside of your home. 
In the case where there is more than one cat on the property, all cats must be sterilized, with the exception of one cat only. For example, if you have three cats who do not go outside, two must be sterilized.

Are there any exemptions for sterilization of dogs or cats?

Yes, your domestic dog or cat need not be sterilized in the following cases: 
  1. If your animal is under 6 months or over 10 years of age;
  2. If a veterinarian prohibits sterilizing the dog or cat for reasons related to the animal's health;
  3. If your dog is registered with the Canadian Kennel Club;
  4. If your cat is registered with the Canadian Cat Association. 

Do the sterilization exemptions apply to my dog covered by a restricted right of possession in Brossard?

No, the sterilization exemptions do not apply to dogs covered by the restricted right of possession in Brossard. Therefore, all these dogs must be sterilized, and the guardian must provide proof to the City before December 1, 2016.  

Must animals sold by pet shops in Brossard be sterilized?

Answer: Yes, since 2012, the sale of cats and dogs by pet stores is prohibited unless sterilized and identified by microchip.  

MICHOCHIP

What is a microchip?

A microchip is an encoded electronic device, inserted under the skin of an animal by a veterinarian or under his supervision, that contains a unique code linked to a central database recognized by the City, serving to identify and inventory domestic animals.   

Do I have to buy a license if my cat is microchipped?

No, if your cat is microchipped, you do not need to buy a license for it. 

Is microchipping mandatory for dogs within Brossard?

Microchipping is mandatory only for dogs covered by the restricted right of possession in Brossard. The guardian must submit an attestation of microchipping to the city at the latest by December 1, 2016. 

Must animals sold by pet shops in Brossard be sterilized?

Answer: Yes, since 2012, the sale of cats and dogs more than 6 months old by pet stores is prohibited unless sterilized and identified by microchip. Kittens and puppies less than 6 months old do not have to be sterilized. However, there is no reason not to microchip an animal at a young age.

CANINE EXERCIS AREA (CEA)

Where is the Canine Exercise Area (CEA)?

The Canine Exercise Area (CEA) is located in Lautrec Park, on boulevard de Rome.

What are the CEA's opening hours?

The CEA is open and accessible every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

May I bring my dog subject to the restricted right of possession to the CEA?

Yes, if you have met the conditions for the restricted right of possession, you can bring your dog to the CEA. However, the dog must always wear its basket muzzle, even inside the CEA. 

May a dog with a license from another city use the CEA?

No, only dogs who have a tag issued by the Ville de Brossard are admitted to the CEA. 

May I walk my dog on the grass in a park? 

No, you are not allowed to walk your dog on the grass of a city park or green space. This is considered a nuisance. You can walk your dog on a sidewalk, along the side of a street, on a pedestrian trail, on a park trail, or at the CEA. 

ACCESSORIES

What is a basket muzzle?

It is a light muzzle that makes handling your dog easy and that allows you to avoid sensitive situations. It allows your dog to drink and protects its snout. 

Where can I get a basket muzzle?

You can obtain a basket muzzle in many stores, such as pet shops, as well as from a veterinarian or an animal health professional.

May I use a cloth muzzle for my dog subject to the restricted right of possession in Brossard?

No, only basket muzzles are accepted for your dog subject to the restricted right of possession in Brossard. The dog must wear its basket muzzle at all times in public spaces, including the canine exercise area.

Is my dog required to wear a halter or harness in Brossard?

No, the Animal Control By-Law does not require your dog to wear a halter or harness, even if it weighs more than 20 kg, and regardless of the breed of your dog.  

Is there a regulation relating to leash length?

Yes, the leash of your dog must be not longer than 1.85 m (6 ft). Retractable leashes are prohibited.

RESOURCES

Is there an SPCA in Brossard?

No, there is no SPCA (Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) within the Ville de Brossard city limits. The City's animal management services are provided by Refuge A.M.R., located in Saint-Constant. refugeamr.com

What is the Canadian Kennel Club?

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the Bureau of Registration for pure breed dogs. They currently recognize more than 175 breeds of dogs. The CKC encourages and safeguards the interests of pure breed dogs as well as those of responsible owners and good breeders. It also promotes the benefits that dogs can bring to our society. ckc.ca

What is the Canadian Cat Association?

A feline club brings together breeders but also simple friends of cats. These clubs are affiliated with the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) which coordinates the overall activities of the feline world. Unlike canine clubs, Canadian feline clubs can choose to be affiliated with the national association or with foreign associations. cca-afc.com  

Does the City recommend any particular dog behaviour specialist to give the required obedience course for dogs covered by the restricted right of possession?

To find a recognized dog behaviour specialist, the City suggests you consult the website of the Regroupement québécois des intervenants en éducation canine (RQIEC). rqiec.com

Are Brossard companies allowed to continue to board dogs covered by a prohibition in Brossard? 

No, if your dog is of a breed prohibited in Brossard, it cannot be admitted to a boarding kennel within Brossard. 

Are Brossard companies allowed to continue to board dogs covered by the restricted right of possession in Brossard? 

Yes, dogs covered by the restricted right of possession, registered in the City's Register of Licenses and for which the guardians have met all related obligations, may be admitted to boarding kennels in Brossard. 

INFRACTIONS

What happens if I refuse to comply with the obligations of Brossard’s Animal Control By-Law? 

For a first offence, you are subject to a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum of $1,000, if the offender is a physical person, and a minimum fine of $200 and a maximum of $2,000, if he is a legal person. 

In the event of a recurrence, the amount of the minimum fine is $200 and the maximum fine is $2,000, if the offender is a physical person, and the minimum fine is $400 and the maximum fine is $4,000 if he is a legal person. In some cases, your pet may be seized by the competent authority. 

What do I do if I witness a dog behaving in a manner deemed dangerous?

In a case requiring an emergency response, contact 911.

How many dogs and cats am I allowed to keep in my home? 

You can keep a maximum of two (2) dogs and three (3) cats in your home. However, the total number of dogs and cats per home must never exceed four (4).  

May I tie my dog outside for a period of more than three (3) consecutive hours?

No, you are not allowed to tie your dog outside for a period exceeding three (3) consecutive hours. 

May I keep a dog from another city at my residence in Brossard?

Yes, if the dog is not covered by the prohibition of certain breeds of dogs in Brossard and if this dog has a valid license issued by the municipality where it is usually kept. You can keep it at your home for a maximum of 30 consecutive days.

No, if the dog in question is a dog covered by the prohibition of certain breeds of dogs in Brossard, you are forbidden to keep it at your home, even temporarily. 

VISITORS FROM OTHER CITIES

May I bring my dog when I visit my friends or family in Brossard?

Yes, provided that your dog is not covered by the prohibition of certain dog breeds in Brossard. Your dog should also have a valid license issued by the municipality where you live, and must not remain within Brossard for more than 30 consecutive days.

No, you cannot bring your dog to visit friends or family in Brossard if it is covered by the prohibition of certain dog breeds in Brossard.

May I transport a dog that is covered by the prohibition of certain dog breeds in Brossard in a vehicle?

Yes, a dog covered by the prohibition and coming from another municipality may be present within the Ville de Brossard city limits when it is in transit (for example, from Chambly to Châteauguay), on the condition that the dog remains secured within a closed vehicle at all times. 

May I board my dog covered by Brossard’s prohibition of certain dog breeds with a company located within the City?

No, no dog subject to the prohibition may be boarded with a company located within the city limits.

My veterinarian is located in Brossard. May I bring a dog there that is covered by the prohibition of certain dog breeds in Brossard?

Yes, a dog referred by the prohibition and coming from another municipality may be present within the Brossard city limits to receive care at a veterinary facility, on the condition that this dog is leashed and fitted with a basket muzzle until the veterinary facility takes charge of the animal within its establishment. 

May non-residents obtain a license from the Ville de Brossard?

No, only residents of Brossard, on presentation of proof of residence, may register their dog or their cat in the City's Register of Licenses.