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Animal control

Residents can contact the Montreal SPCA directly at 514-735-2711 to report wild animals. Many wild animals, such as skunks, groundhogs, raccoons, foxes and so on, are protected by wildlife regulations so they cannot be caged unless they are trapped in the ceiling, roof, shed, or enclosed balcony area.

These wild animals are then released in the area, and most often on the property itself. That means you should fix the problem of where the animal got in as this is the area that it knows best. The wild animals do not get relocated to the wilderness again.

If the wild animals are digging up the property or roaming around, the SPCA can recommend techniques and products that can deter these animals. The only time an animal is removed is if it is sick or injured.


There have been reports of coyote sightings in Côte Saint-Luc. The recent sighting (October 2016) was behind homes on Holland Rd., near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. Typically, coyotes are present along the gullies next to railroad tracks. In fact, CP has a program in place to trap coyotes, but it only starts on October 25, which is when hunting season opens in Quebec.

Côte Saint-Luc will be asking the Quebec government for special permission to trap the coyotes before the start of the trapping season. If we receive the permission, we will immediately hire a trapper to relocate the animals outside our area. According to wildlife experts, there are things people can do to discourage coyotes from entering back yards or private property.

  • Discourage coyotes from entering your property by removing brush piles or areas that may be perceived as a resting place or den.
  • Don’t feed coyotes. Ensure garbage, bird feed, and pet food is inaccessible. Avoid leaving food from fruit trees on the ground.
  • Keep pets attended and on a leash. Supervise animals when they are in the yard. Cats should not be permitted to roam freely.
  • Do not turn your back on, or run from, a coyote. Stand tall, wave your arms and make lots of noise.

The risk to humans is low. They are more scared of us than we are of them. Here are some key points to keep in mind about coyotes:

  • Urban coyotes do not feast on pets and garbage; they typically stick to a natural diet.
  • Urban coyotes help control the populations of other sometimes problematic urban wildlife like rodents.
  • Urban coyotes reduce the presence of feral and free-roaming cats in natural spaces, which helps protect songbirds in parks.
  • The easiest way for city residents to avoid negative interactions with coyotes is to avoid feeding them, either accidentally or on purpose, and otherwise habituating them to humans.

Watch this video from the Town of Oakville for more useful information showing how to scare coyotes away from your property.


This section highlights the rules and regulations of By-Law 2555 concerning the Regulation of Dogs (PDF), which goes into effect on July, 11 2020.


All dog owners must ensure that their dog has an annual licence, payable by May 1 each year. The annual licence fee for each dog that is neutered or spayed is $20. The annual licence fee for each dog that is not neutered or spayed is $30.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to renew dog tags in 2020 is extended to August 1, 2020.

Vaccination and other information needed to obtain the licence

To obtain a dog licence the owner must provide the following: 

  • confirmation that the dog was vaccinated against rabies
  • confirmation that the dog has been neutered or spayed 
  • the dog’s breed, sex, colour, year of birth, name, distinctive signs, origin and if its weight is 20kg or more.


Starting on April 6, 2021, all dogs on the territory of Côte Saint-Luc must be microchipped and the owner must provide proof to that effect. 

Public places

All dogs must be kept on a leash (maximum length of 1.85 meters) when in a public place. Dogs on a leash are permitted in city parks and public spaces, unless indicated by a sign, with the exception of 

  • Playgrounds (within 9 meters); 
  • Public swimming pools and wading pools and within the enclosures that surround them;  
  • Splash pads (within 9 meters); 
  • On a sports field (e.g. baseball diamond, soccer pitch, tennis court, skate park, skating rink, etc.); 
  • In a park where a special event organized or sanctioned by the city is being held  (e.g. Canada Day). 

Please note: In Veterans Park (and any park with a Cenotaph) only service dogs are allowed. 

Dogs are not allowed on private grounds except with the consent of the owner. The dog owner can face a minimum fine of $500 for not respecting these rules.

The custodian of a dog must clean up every public or private ground soiled by feces of a dog. The fee for a first offense is between $200 and $400 for repeat offense.

Dogs weighing 20 kilograms or more

Dogs weighing 20kg or more must be equipped with a halter or a harness attached to its leash at all times, except in the designated dog runs.

Dog runs

All dogs licensed in Côte Saint-Luc have free access to the dog runs located on Mackle Rd. (Mackle Road Dog Run) and on Côte Saint-Luc Rd. (west of Westluke) (Joe Raie Nature Path and Dog Run). Dog owners must clean up after their dogs, even at the dog runs.

To purchase a licence

To purchase a licence online

Indicate your name, address, telephone number as well as the information listed under Vaccination and other information needed to obtain the license. A municipal employee will contact you by email and inform you how to proceed with the payment. Online requests may be paid by e-Transfer or cheque once the application has been processed. The dog tag and receipt will be sent to you by mail.

To purchase a licence in person

Starting July 6, 2020, visit City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. You may pay by credit card, Interac or cheque.

Get involved

Join the Côte Saint-Luc Dog Committee by contacting Councilor Mike Cohen at mcohen@cotesaintluc.org or 514-485-6945.
Join the Côte Saint-Luc Dog Committee Facebook group.


Cat licences

All outdoor cat owners or keepers must ensure that their cat has an annual licence payable on the first day of July each year.

Annual licence fee

  • for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and which bears a microchip or a tattoo:  $10
  • for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo:  $15
  • for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption (a cat that is 10 years or older or has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that the cat cannot be spayed or neutered): $20

Should the cat identification tag be lost or destroyed, the person to whom it has been issued shall present the receipt for payment and pay a $5 dollar fee for a replacement cat identification tag.

To obtain or renew your licence, go to Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on weekdays.

Cat identification tag

The owner or keeper of an outdoor cat must show proof that the outdoor cat has been spayed or neutered and provide the information required to process the registration of a cat, including, but not limited to, the name and address of the owner, the breed, gender, colour, name of the outdoor cat and the microchip or tattoo number if the outdoor cat is so identified in order to be issued a cat identification tag.

Abandoned cats

No owner or keeper of a cat shall abandon a cat under any circumstances.

Cats Committee

Discover and support the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC), a group of volunteers whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless/community cats.