Akwesasne Dog Control By-Law And Dog Owners Responsibility

Tsiothohrhko:wa/ January 8, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed a “By-Law Respecting Control of Dogs” in June 1988. In November 1996, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed the “Emergency Interim Dog Control Regulation” as a regulation to the Dog By-Law.

Currently, these laws, as named above, are enforced by the Akwesasne Justice Department Compliance Program. The Compliance Officers respond to the complaints from the Akwesasne Community based on the following:

  • Stay Dogs
  • Aggressive Dogs
  • Biting Incidents

LIABILITY OF THE [DOG] OWNER: The owner of any dog that has caused property damage or injury to a person, while not under the control of its owner, shall be liable for all expenses incurred, by any source, resulting from the incident. Where the owner of a dog does not satisfy the expenses incurred, the victim may apply to Akwesasne Mohawk Court for an Order. Anyone who does not comply with an Order pursuant to subsection 5(b), commits an offense.

PENALTIES:     Any person found guilty of an offense under this Regulation shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both. In addition to any other authority under this Regulation, the Akwesasne Mohawk Court may order an offender not to own a dog for any period that it deems appropriate.

  • The majority of dog complaints are because of loose or wandering dogs in the neighborhood.
  • Loose dogs or Stray dogs are any dog(s), not under the control of its owner. This means that if your dog is loose and on another community member’s property it can be called a “stray dog” and can be taken by the Compliance Officer.
  • Aggressive dogs are any dogs not under the control of its owner that pose a threat to the health and safety of the general public. If your dog is loose and tends to bark and chase anyone passing by, your dog can be said to be “Aggressive.” Aggressive dogs should be kept tied to their owner’s property to protect the general public.
  • Dog Biting Incidents are when any dog not under the control of its owner, bites a person. Dog bites are any bite that breaks the skin; a bite requires that the dog be quarantined for ten days when the dog owner has no proof of the pet’s up to date Rabies vaccination.
  • If a dog bites a person and the dog does not have an up-to-date rabies shot or the dog cannot be found, the person must go through a series of shots.

Please note:

  • Compliance Program does not respond to cat nuisance complaints
  • Because dog owners need to be responsible for the care and destruction of pets, we will not take surrendered dogs..
  • If you feed the animal, the animal is considered your pet.

All questions and complaints on dog-related matters are addressed case by case; please contact the Akwesasne Compliance Office: 613-575-2250 Ext 2415 or Ext 2417.

If you would like a copy of any Akwesasne Laws, please contact the Akwesasne Justice Department at 613 575 2250 extension 2400.

Please state what kind of dog complaint you have as well as your name, phone number and address.