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Dangerous dog bylaw gets impounded in the Cariboo

The Cariboo Regional District board debated a possible dangerous dog bylaw following concerns expressed by residents in the Central Cariboo sub-region.

Currently, the regional district directs concerns about dangerous dog issues to the RCMP. The board was advised by staff that, if a service were to proceed, regional district taxpayers would need to pay for building and staffing a containment facility, costs for feeding and caring for animals that have been impounded, and any legal fees related to enforcement disputes. A feasibility study would need to be completed prior to any service proceeding as well, along with defining a service area.

At this time the regional district will not be pursuing a dangerous dog enforcement service. It will be engaging with the RCMP on how to better coordinate enforcement and support their use of current community charter powers. The issue will be further discussed through the Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus.

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