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5 Reasons Why You Should Stoop and Scoop

Dogs are good buddies. Whatever the season, they're ready… playing fetch, sleeping in front of the fireplace, hanging out with the kids or going for a walk.

As a dog owner, by complying with the City of Ottawa's Animal Care and Control By-law and removing waste left by your pet, you will help eliminate a source of pollution. You will be making a difference!

Here's why:
  1. Dog waste adds up
    • The 93,000 dogs in Ottawa produce an estimated 45,000 pounds (20,500) kilograms) of waste per day!
    • When you stoop and scoop, sidewalks, parks and green spaces are much cleaner.
  2. It is a health hazard
    • Leaving your dog's waste in areas where children play exposes kids to parasites such as roundworms, as well as bacterial infections.
    • Dog waste can transmit diseases to other people's pets.
  3. It is an environmental hazard
    • No matter where you live, spring run-off or heavy rainstorms dilute dog waste and wash it into streams and storm sewers.
    • Water from storm sewers generally flows untreated into the rivers.
    • At these times, dog waste contributes to the river's bacterial content, polluting beaches and waterways, and degrading the natural environment for fish, wildlife and people.
  4. Removing dog waste is responsible
    • If we all clean up after our dogs, public opinion of dogs and dog ownership will be much more positive.
  5. Dog waste can cost you
    • The City of Ottawa's Animal Care and Control By-law requires that dog waste be removed from public property. If you do get caught "in the act", you may be fined.
    • The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home - so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles! There's a fine for that too.

Dog Waste - It's your business

  1. Pick it up
    • Use a bag or a shovel to pick up the waste and take it home for disposal.
  2. Disposal
    • The best method of disposal is to flush waste down the toilet. But don't flush the bag. Toilets flow to the sewage treatment plant or septic tanks. Both systems are equipped to handle this kind of waste. Flushing poop also helps us divert waste from the landfill site.

Cats are included too

  • Flushing cat waste is also the best method of disposal. Check the cat litter package for disposal instructions for the rest.
  • Discourage your cats from wandering.
  • Effective January 1, 2004, cat owners will be required to take responsibility for their pet's whereabouts.
  • Keep kids' sand boxes covered.

Pet Owners

We need your help to clean up our environment. Responsible pet ownership is part of the total solution.

Stoop and Scoop!


Although they can be your best friend, some pooches can get the neighbours howling. If you own a dog, take responsibility by respecting the dog-related provisions outlined in the City's Animal Care and Control By-law.

Barking dogs and other noisy animals 

In accordance with the City's Animal Care and Control By-law, pet owners must prevent their pet from constant barking or other noise that disturbs the peace. Such noise may also signal behavioural problems that the pet owner should address.

For example, barking or whining is your dog's way of communicating. Respond immediately to your dog's barking and do not let it continue. Train your dog not to bark needlessly. Also, ensure that your dog's basic needs (food, water, shelter, companionship) are met, and give it a toy or rawhide to reduce barking caused by boredom.

Register your concerns about barking dogs to the Client Service Centre at 3-1-1.

Controlling your dog

In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam. Leashing is required on most public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.

Dogs may be off their leashes in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly.

Dog bites and attacks

It is an offence under the City's Animal Care and Control By-law to allow your dog to bite or attack a person or a domestic animal. You may be charged, and a muzzle or leashing order may be issued.

Aggressive dogs are a threat to public safety and to other animals. You can help prevent your pet from harming others by giving it proper care and training.

The Dog Owner's Liability Act (DOLA) of Ontario enables a dog attack victim to make a claim against the owner of the dog which attacked. Under the DOLA, victims may also ask the Court for an order that the dog be destroyed.

Report a problem with dogs

To report a dog bite, dog at large or dog being held please call 3-1-1

You may create a service request online to report:

Please refer to the Animal Care and Control By-law for more information.