Your Thoughts Wanted on New Animal Control Bylaw
Prince George, B.C.- As the City of Prince George gets ready to introduce a new animal control bylaw, it wants to hear from residents.
For the next month, Animal Control officers with the City of Prince George will be visiting dog parks and areas frequented by animal lovers to get feedback. But the possible changes aren’t just about dogs. The survey poses questions about restrictions for cats, and possible licensing of felines.
Other topics covered by the survey include:
- 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,” says Fred Crittenden, Manager of Bylaw Services. “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.”
In addition to surveying residents in the field, the survey is also available online (available here)
Last January, Council directed Administration to bring forward a new Responsible Ownership Bylaw, which would put the onus on an animals behaviour on the owner, rather than the breed. The existing bylaw has several inconsistencies and deficiencies say staff. The current bylaw is more than 12 years old.
The new bylaw is expected to be in front of Council for review by the end of the year.