Changes Coming To Animal Control Bylaw

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Changes Coming To Animal Control Bylaw

The City will be revamping its Animal Control Bylaw for the first time in a dozen years. The head of Bylaw Services Fred Crittenden told Council many parts of the current bylaw are irrelevant today and a new bylaw is long overdue.
Some of questions came up around the breed-specific muzzling requirement for restricted dogs, but organizations like the BC SPCA and the Canadian Kennel Club don’t support breed-specific muzzling.
“Well we promote the welfare and the humane education of animals. Just putting a muzzle on a specific breed doesn’t really help or educate the public,” says Jamie Walsh with the North Cariboo SPCA. “Aggressive animals can come in many different sizes, from a small breed to a very large breed.”
The bylaw is also challenging when it comes to having a dog declared dangerous, sometime even months. Over that time, the dog has to be kept in the pound at a cost to the city.
Finally, some Bylaw Services will look to add cats to the bylaw, saying wandering cats can be considered a nuisance in some neighbourhoods.

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  1. . The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) has documented 47 human fatalities in Canada between 1964 and 2010. That’s an average of about one per year.
    The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) has documented 47 human fatalities in Canada between 1964 and 2010. That’s an average of about one per year.
    The vast majority of victims — as high as 85 per cent — are children under the age of 12, according to the Canadian Veterinary Journal. And nearly all of those involved kids who were left alone with a dog or dogs.
    Nearly half of the documented Canadian deaths (20 out of 47) involved sled-dog breeds such as Siberian huskies, according to the NCRC. Almost all of the cases involved animals known to the victims.
    2 fatalities confirmed to be a pitbull in 46 years. bsl is ignorant and lazy. Educate people and hold them responsible like Calgary does.

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