Vancouver, like almost all city have some kind of animal by-laws, to control, regulate and make some money from people with animals.
In Vancouver, the by-laws are 21 pages and that’s only for Vancouver. The neighbouring city, Burnaby, has their own by-laws, Richmond…
Here are the relevant ones:
4.2 Leashing dogs: A person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to be on a street or other public place unless the dog is under the immediate charge and control of a competent person by means of a leash that is not more than 2.5 m long or another by-law allows the dog to be off leash under certain circumstances.
The Dogs By-Laws: Vancouver, BC
BTW, the following are forbidden in Vancouver, BC: coyotes, foxes, jackals, wolves and Hyenas. Alligators and crocodiles are not welcome either.
According to Stanley Coren, there are now more dogs stolen than bicycles and according to DogDetective.com with 250,000 visitors per month, 10% of them are reporting stolen dogs.
In the last year alone, I’ve had two people offering to buy my dog. https://www.sritch.com/dogs/dumb-corgi-look-vancouver-bc.html