The Town of Milton enforces the Animal Control By-law

This includes: 

  • Investigating by-law infractions
  • Patrolling for dogs running at large
  • Picking up confined stray cats and dogs or cats and dogs hit by vehicles
  • Barking dogs
  • Enforcing dog licensing requirements
  • Leash requirements 

For animal welfare concerns, please contact 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625)

Lost and found pets

Contact DocuPet if your pet goes missing or if you find a stray pet. You can also contact:


Coyotes are usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible, however they are wild animals and we should avoid contact. Most negative coyote interactions are preventable. When we are aware and knowledgeable of our wildlife and act responsibly and respectfully, it is easier to coexist. 

To discourage coyotes from entering your property:

  • Never feed or leave food out for a coyote.
  • Remove all water and food sources from your yard, including birdseed and ripe/rotted fruit that has fallen to the ground.
  • Store garbage, compost and pet food in a place coyotes cannot access.
  • Supervise animals when they are in the yard. Cats should not be permitted to roam freely.
  • Clean up after your dog. Coyotes are attracted to dog feces.
  • Remove long grass, dead brush and wood piles to avoid potential den sites for coyotes or other wild animals that attract coyotes.
  • Ensure gaps around and under decks and sheds are closed off with wire screening.
  • Use motion sensors.

If you encounter a coyote on your property or when out for a walk:

  • Practice hazing to let the coyote know they are not welcome. Appear aggressive: stand tall, wave your arms, shout, clap your hands and make lots of noise.
  • Keep pets attended and on leash.
  • Do not turn your back on, or run from, a coyote.
  • If you see pups or suspect there are pups in the area or if the coyote is not easily frightened away, keep your dog on a short leash, pick up small pets and children, and back away from the area. Consider changing your route for a few weeks. The coyote may have been denning in the area and will likely move on after some time.
  • Do not leave food waste in Town garbage cans in parks as this may attract rodents that attract coyotes.