Bella tops dog names

Bella is the most popular name among licensed dogs in the North Okanagan

Bella is the most popular name among licensed dogs in the North Okanagan.

The Greater Vernon/White Valley Extended Service Area, which encompasses Greater Vernon, electoral areas B and C, Coldstream, Lumby and parts of electoral area D, released its 2014 animal control annual report, compiled by the Regional District of North Okanagan’s dog control contractor, K-9 Systems Control.

The annual report included a list of the 10 most common names of licensed dogs in 2014.

“In order, the names are Bella, Maggie, Bailey, Buddy, Molly, Max, Charlie, Sadie, Lucy and Sophie,” wrote bylaw enforcement officer John Friesen.

Dog complaints were up in 2014.

In comparison to 2013, the total number of complaints in 2014 increased by 17 per cent, up to 1,199.

Complaints received for dogs at large was up one per cent. Dogs barking excessively was up 48 per cent and aggressive dogs was up five per cent.

The number of tickets issued in 2014 dropped by 13 per cent from 263 to 229, as did the number of dogs impounded with roughly 80 per cent of impounded dogs returned to their owners, which is up from 69 per cent in 2013.

Dog licence sales rose 24 per cent in 2014 to 5,449 from 4,380.

“The dog control contractor also canvasses neighbourhoods to remind dog owners that it is the law to license your dog,” wrote Friesen.