Roaming Pets – Owner Obligations
The Town of Torbay wishes to remind residents of their obligations and responsibilities with respect to animals, including pets. Owners are advised that it is an offence under the Animal Health and Protection Act, SNL 2010, c. A-9.1, as amended, to allow any animal (i.e. non-human vertebrate) to wander at large – this includes cats. While cats may control rodents, they also have a devastating impact on local bird species. Offenses under the Act can attract fines of up to $50,000 or 6 months in jail.
The Act is enforced by the Provincial Veterinarian’s office and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, or any other person or group designated by the Minister.
Other notable components of the Act state that:
- The owner of a companion animal (i.e. a dog or cat) or livestock shall not permit the animal to cause a hazard to people, livestock operations, other animals, goods, property or the safe operation of motor vehicles.
- The owner of a companion animal (i.e. a dog or cat) or livestock shall be liable for damages or injury caused by that animal or livestock to a person, other animals, goods or property.