Pets out in public

What are my rights?

My friend had to go out of town for the day, so I'm taking care of their dog. That pup can get a bit aggressive outside of the house. But if anything happens, I won't be held responsible because it's not my dog.
  • Yes
  • No

Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, or a micro mini pig person — as an animal owner you have legal obligations to your pet. Owners must also make sure their pets behave appropriately out in the world. Here, learn what to look out for when you take your pet for a walk, on a road trip, or for a run in the park. (We also have information on taking care of pets at home.)

What you should know

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Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in September 2020
  • Time to read: 10 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

David Kandestin

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