The city is looking for public input as it prepares a new animal control bylaw.
Until July 14 at 5 p.m., city animal control officers will be regularly visiting the city’s dog parks and other locations frequented by animal lovers to survey residents. Interested citizens can also find an online version of the survey on the city website.
The survey provides residents with opportunities to weigh in on several topics, including:
- Dog breed restrictions
- Dog restrictions based on animal history (e.g. a history of aggression or violence)
- Dog restrictions in off-leash areas
- How long dogs should be allowed to bark before being considered a nuisance
- Various cat restrictions, such as the number a resident should be allowed to own
- Topics relating to cat and dog licensing
“Administration feels it is imperative reach out to the community for input on some of the key areas of the bylaw we are preparing for Council,” said Fred Crittenden, Manager of Bylaw Services, in a press release. “We are hoping that residents will provide us with some information to help us to craft the best possible legislation. We encourage both pet owners and non-pet owners to complete the survey to ensure their voices are heard.”
Last January, council directed administration to bring forward a new bylaw for its consideration after staff identified several inconsistencies and deficiencies in the current bylaw, which is over 12 years old. Administration regularly reviews City bylaws to ensure they remain relevant, up-to-date, and meet modern practices and standards.
The new bylaw is expected to be in front of council for review by the end of the year.