Unattended Mastiff Type Dog Wanders the RailPath

On Friday, 14 May, on the RailPath, between (approximately) 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., I saw a medium-brown coloured
mastiff type dog. The dog had on a black harness; but no leash, no muzzle and NO OWNER was in sight.

This is not the first time I have seen this type of dog wandering alone in the area of Perth and Ruskin at approximately the same time of day. I am guessing that the dog somehow escapes from their backyard.

I was also told that this dog has occasionally been seen wandering, on weekday mornings, before 8:00 a.m., on Perth Avenue, alone.

If anyone knows of a neighbour who owns such a dog, please let them know that their pet is wandering the streets and could get hit by a car.

The dog looks very similar to this photo, but is medium brown in colour.
dog pic


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Toronto Animal Services

I forgot to add to my previous post...

From: http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/pets_and_people.htm#top

Toronto Animal Services

  • We are a City of Toronto service.
  • We have lovable pets available for adoption.
  • We reunite lost pets with their owners.
  • We accept pets when their owners can no longer care for them.
  • We offer public education programs.
  • We provide 24-hour emergency response for stray animals or wildlife that are injured or sick and for animals that are a threat to public safety.
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416-338-PAWS (7297)

Animals in the Community

We can help with:

  • lost, sick or injured animals
  • animal neglect
  • a loose dog
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Railpath has always been

Railpath has always been designated as an "on leash" area and as always there are problems with dogs loose. Most people are pretty cool but some just dont get it and some also leave poo bags on the ground. It will take a while for things to become established etc and currently the main priority is getting the stones in place to stop people driving cars on the path.

Dog was Unattended

Hi Scott,
I appreciate you reiterating that the RailPath is an "on leash" area, however, this particular dog has also been seen just wandering around Perth and Ruskin streets, alone, by different people on different occasions. No owner has been present.

Toronto Dog Owners' Liability Act – Fact Sheet

From http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/dog_owners_liability_act.htm:

4. ...Owners of restricted pit bulls must ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and regulations relating to restricted pit bulls. These regulations include:

  1. Leashing (<1.8 metres in length, of sufficient strength) and muzzling (humanely and sufficently strong and well-fitted to prevent biting) of restricted pit bulls,
  2. Spaying or neutering of restricted pit bulls,
  3. When kept within enclosed property, the property is enclosed in a way that can be relied on to prevent the pit bull from breaking out of the property,

5. Provide for controls on pit bulls. The definition of “pit bull” includes:

a. a pit bull terrier
b. a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
c. an American Staffordshire Terrier
d. an American Pit Bull Terrier
e. a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to dogs referred to in a. to d.

6. Provide for offences and increased penalties (up to $10,000 and six months of imprisonment) for contravention of the Act, regulations or orders.