Following concerns raised by citizens concerning dust in local dog parks, the City of Westmount hired an independent laboratory, SOLROC, to carry out a study. Complaints included discomfort experienced by some from dust raised by the activity of dogs and wind. Referencing workplace studies, it is known that fine airborne dust can have an impact on lung health, and that crystalline silica dust is considered a potentially ‘risky’ material. Taking this into consideration, the City of Westmount decided to mandate SOLROC. As far as we know, it is the first time a dog park has been the object of this type of study.
SOLROC concluded that the sand mix used in the park conforms to the product profile as stated on the product data sheet. Smooth river sand is not only more comfortable to dogs’ paws, it provides better surface drainage and facilitates waste removal. Although wind and canine activity will cause sporadic dust clouds, the irregularity of those conditions is very different from a constant exposure. Furthermore, no significant trace of heavy metals or other toxic substances was found in the samples collected for analysis. The risk of silicosis, both to humans and to dogs, is therefore considered to be low due to the limited exposure to silica dust. It should be noted, however, that no health data on silicosis in dogs was found.
SOLROC recommends implementing prevention measures to minimize silica dust from forming — partially, if not entirely — and reaching our lungs. Dust Stop Powder, a product known to be effective and biologically proven to eliminate dust, has already been identified as a possible preventive measure. A trial of this product will be carried out in the King George Park dog run during the coming weeks.
Westmount dog regulations, outlined in the By-law 535 concerning dogs, stipulate, among other things, that:
- Dogs must wear a valid licence at all times.
- Dog feces must always be collected.
- Dogs are to be on a maximum six foot leash when on public property.
- Households may keep a maximum of three dogs older than six months at any one time.
- Unattended or lost dogs may be impounded by the Public Safety Department.
The dog owner may be prosecuted if:
- the dog bites a person or damages public or private property.
- the dog barks or howls excessively.
- the dog is off-leash or unaccompanied while off the owner’s property.
- the dog is without a valid licence.
- the owner does not clean up after his/her dog.
Using a Westmount dog run is an excellent opportunity for your canine buddy to get some exercise, but remember that a dog license is mandatory and all regulations apply. Please note that a curfew is in effect in all of Westmount’s public parks between midnight and 5 a.m. daily.
Fenced Dog Runs
Dogs off-leash during designated hours
- King George Park: off-leash 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Westmount Athletic Grounds: off-leash 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Westmount Park: off-leash 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Unfenced Dog Runs
Dogs off-leash from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. ONLY
- Surrey Gardens
- Notre-Dame-de-Grace Ave. at Claremont Ave.
- Wood Avenue
- Prospect St.
- Weredale Park
It is prohibited for anyone to allow or to bring more than four dogs at a time in Summit Woods. Please note that off-leash hours vary by season, according to the dates listed below, and that Public Safety officers will issue fines to those that fail to observe the by-law.
- November 1st to April 15th: off leash 5 a.m. to midnight
- April 16th to June 15th: on leash AT ALL TIMES
- June 16th to October 31st: on leash 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; off leash 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight.
Interactive map of Westmount's dog parks
Residents seeking a lost pet should contact Public Safety and the SPCA. Unattended or lost dogs may be impounded by the Public Safety Department.
- Public Safety will contact the owner if the dog is licensed.
- The dog will be held for up to four days at the owner’s expense at the Montreal SPCA shelter.
Public Safety Department | 21, Stanton Street| 514 989-5222
SPCA | 5215, Jean-Talon W. | 514 735-2711 | email@example.com
Westmount launched a new online system for dog permits on November 1st, 2016, making it easier than ever to obtain or renew a permit by visiting the City’s website. The new permit includes a permanent medal for your dog.
No person shall keep a dog in the City, unless a license has been issued by the City for such dog and is still in force, and unless such dog bears a numbered tag or plate indicating such license for the current year.
You can also obtain a license in person at the Permits Office at Public Safety, 21 Stanton Street, 2nd Floor, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., by submitting:
- a completed and signed Westmount dog licence application form;
- a certificate signed by a veterinary surgeon that the dog has been inoculated against rabies within thirty-six (36) months prior to applying for the permit.
The dog permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. The following fees apply:
- $30 for obtaining an annual permit ($50 for non-residents)
- $15 for the replacement of the medallion
Permits Office, Public Safety Department | 21 Stanton Street, 2nd Floor | 514 989-5225