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Keep dogs leashed at local conservation areas

Leashed dogs a requirement, not an option

Unleashed dogs a growing concern at Conservation Areas


July 25, 2016, Carleton Place— Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is reminding all pet owners to be responsible when visiting conservation areas with their dogs and ensure they are leashed at all times as per Ontario Regulation 120, R.R.O. 1990. Unfortunately, not everyone is obeying the rules.

“We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from the public including responsible pet owners about unleashed dogs on our trails,” said MVCA Community Relations Coordinator Shannon Gutoskie. “MVCA is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our visitors, human and animal alike, and dogs off leash may pose a threat to others.”

The Mill of Kintail, Purdon and Morris Island Conservation Areas welcome leashed pets. However, the length of the leash must not exceed two metres or the animal will be considered at large. Invisible leashes are not permitted. Owners are also reminded that cleaning up after their pet is a must. MVCA’s Regulations Officer will be conducting random visits to the conservation areas in an effort to control the issue.

The cost of not abiding by the regulation? About $100.00.

“We want everyone who visits our conservation areas to have a good time and enjoy the wonderful features they offer. If everyone uses common sense and follows the site rules which are clearly posted, then this will be achieved,” said Gutoskie.

If anyone witnesses inappropriate behaviour on Conservation Authority area property, they are encouraged to call the MVCA office at 613-253-0006.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225





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