​​​​​The City of Brampton’s Animal Services By-law 201-2023​ includes mandatory standards of care to ensure animals are treated humanely and receive adequate and appropriate care.

Everyone who owns an animal is required to provide it with adequate:

  • Shelter
  • Shade during warm weather
  • Sanitary conditions
  • Food
  • Water
  • Exercise
  • Light
  • Ventilation

​Extreme weather

Pets cannot be left outdoors during extreme weather except for brief walks or exercise unless the animal has access to adequate shelter. Some breeds can live outside during winter with proper shelter.


Tethers must be at least 3 metres or 9.84 feet, allowing the dog to move safely and unrestricted. The animal must have access to appropriate food, water, shelter and shade.

Automobile travel

Animals cannot be left unattended in automobiles if weather conditions are not suitable and may cause the animal distress.

Animals must have suitable ventilation and be restrained to prevent contact between the animal and the public.

Additional Information

In addition to municipal by-laws, everyone is required to comply with the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act​. Contact Provincial Animal Welfare Services​ at 1-833-9-ANIMAL if you observe an animal being abused or neglected.

If you need more information about animal care, contact Animal Services​ at 905.458.5800. Animal Services Officers are authorized to enter on private lands for inspections to ensure the by-law is being followed. Charges under the by-law may apply where there is evidence.