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Planning to breed a lot of rabbits? You may be the target of a crackdown in the city of Toronto

If you’re thinking about raising rabbits and guinea pigs, or feeding wild animals, or if you’re just a dog owner who cleans up your dog’s poop every day, you’ll want to know about a new set of rules the city of Toronto is adopting. consider.

After two years of study, municipal licensors are recommending sweeping changes to parts of the municipal code that pertain to animals. Special consideration: the number of fast-growing pets you are allowed to keep.

“Some people don’t know if they have boys and girls, and when boys and girls are together, you get a lot more,” said Esther Attard, director of Toronto Animal Services (TAS). She is also one of the contributors to a new report.

“Guinea pigs and rabbits reproduce very quickly, so you can have a lot more pets than you expected.”

The proposed changes are based on proposals from city councilors, the public and city officials, Attard said. Councilors will get their first look at the proposals when the community development committee meets next month. The city council is likely to hold a final vote on the plan by the end of the year.

Attard says animals like rabbits can produce offspring quickly enough to overwhelm an average pet owner. She cites the case of a Toronto household that saw its rabbit population grow from a handful to over 80 in a matter of months. (Mike Smee/CBC)

City officials recommend limiting each household to four rabbits or four guinea pigs. Why? Attard cites the example of a Toronto family who decided earlier this year to breed rabbits and sell them as pets.

“It’s a lot harder to do than you think,” she said. “And then they get into a crisis.”

Which crisis is Attard referring to? Well, in the end, their house was overrun with 80 rabbits.

Haviva Porter, executive director of a group called Rabbit Rescue Inc., supports the limits. She says she hears similar stories to the one Attard was describing all the time.

“They thought they were the same sex, and suddenly, lo and behold, there are a dozen baby bunnies,” she said.

“There’s nothing you can do about it once you have a household with so many animals, so many rabbits that are not properly cared for. So boundaries are important.”

Another proposal would limit pigeon fanciers to 30 pigeons, except during the breeding season, when they are allowed to have 50.

Haviva Porter, executive director of Rabbit Rescue Inc., says she supports restrictions on fast-growing pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. (Submitted by Haviva Porter)

There is also a proposal for a general ban on the feeding of wild animals. At the moment it is only illegal to feed wild animals in city parks. The new rules will ban the practice across the city.

Last weekend, in Westlake Park, near Weston Road and Black Creek Drive, a coyote bit a child, prompting the city to warn residents not to feed wild animals — a practice that is causing many problems, Attard says.

“It conditions wild animals to expect food from humans. And then a person can have a bad interaction with a wild animal.”

Also, employees suggest that the city codify a practice that has long been tacitly permitted: cats and pigeons roaming freely through the city.

Last year, a coyote walked past a playground in Alberta. One of the new proposals would make it illegal for the pubic area to feed wild animals anywhere in the city as a way to reduce interaction with humans. (Scott Sugden/University of Alberta)

But once that becomes law, the city will also demand that city shelters stop accepting stray cats. At this point, roaming felines can be dropped off at the local city shelter by annoyed neighbors. It’s then up to TAS to try to reunite the animal with its owner, which can be a long, complicated and sometimes fruitless task, she said.

While she’s generally supportive of the changes, Rabbit Rescue Inc.’s Porter says. that she has some questions for councilors before the new rules are passed.

“What would happen in situations where really good owners have six rabbits? Are they going to have the grandfather? Should they get rid of the rabbits if the shelters or rescue centers are already full?” she said.

“I think there’s a lot of concern that foster families are going to be exempt. Will shelters, pet stores be exempt? Who’s going to control it and who’s going to enforce it?”

The report on municipal permits and standards includes a recommendation to hire three new officials at a cost of $347,000 per year.

One of the new rules would prevent people from dropping off stray cats, so-called nuisance cats, like these at the city’s animal shelter on Progress Avenue in Scarborough. (Continued Goodspeed/CBC)

But Attard says he expects enforcement to take place in a well-considered manner. For example, she says people won’t be banned from using backyard bird feeders, provided excess food doesn’t end up on the floor where other animals, such as rats, can get to it.

But she admits enforcement can be difficult when it comes to identifying individual bird feeders.

Some other changes to the municipal code are also included in the report: Currently, dog owners are required to dispose of the droppings directly on their own property. The report recommends giving them 24 hours to get the job done is “a more realistic time frame.”

The report also suggests supporting every step by the county to ban cosmetic surgeries for pets — things like tail docking and ear cropping for dogs and declawing cats, Attard said.

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