Township bylaw puts the bite on nuisance dogs

Based on recommendations from its dog control contractor, Spallumcheen has adopted some changes to its dog control bylaw.

Based on recommendations from its dog control contractor the Township of Spallumcheen has adopted some changes to its dog control bylaw.

The fine for a dog molesting or harassing passers by, approaching a person or other animal in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack will drop from $500 to $250 for a first offence.

A second offence will cost the pet owner $500.

If a dog inflicts injury or attacks a person, the fine is $500, as it is if the owner fails to destroy or permanently confine a vicious or diseased dog.

There will be $250 fines issued if a person interferes, obstructs or impedes the poundkeeper’s lawful performance of duties, and if there are more than three dogs on a property of less than five acres (except owner/operator of a kennel).

Fines of $50 will be issued for having a dog at large, a dog disturbing a surrounding neighbourhood or a dog not under control and in the custody of its owner or agent.

If a complaint to the poundkeeper is received about a dog biting or attempting to bite someone, a diseased or vicious dog or a dog that has molested, harassed, approached or injured a person or animal, the complaint will be investigated.

If the poundkeeper is satisfied that there is merit to the complaint, the poundkeeper will request to the owner of the dog in question that it be destroyed or provide for its permanent confinement.

If the owner doesn’t comply, the poundkeeper can request a provincial court order calling for the dog to be destroyed.

The owner of the dog would have to pay all costs incurred under the bylaw.