A limit is being placed on how many dogs one person can take into dog designated parks in Greater Vernon.

A limit is being placed on how many dogs one person can take into dog designated parks in Greater Vernon.

Needs of commercial dog walkers under review in Greater Vernon parks

The Regional District of North Okanagan board adopted a bylaw that limits a person to having four dogs in a designated dog park

There may be some consideration of commercial dog walkers using Greater Vernon parks.

On Wednesday, the Regional District of North Okanagan board adopted a bylaw that limits a person to having four  dogs in a designated dog park. However, officials may consider whether changes are needed to reflect the activities of those who walk dogs for a living.

“It is something we are investigating,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

In a presentation to the board, Linda Leadbury, with Freedom Doggy Daycare, indicated that the policy could impact the business’ ability to meet its customers’ needs.

“It (dog walking) allows the owners to work during the day instead of giving their dogs to a shelter,” she said.

Leadbury, who would like to walk up to 10 dogs at once, says visits to dog parks provide the animals with exercise and socialization.

“The park trips are carefully controlled.”

RDNO staff have previously stated that the bylaw arose because there was a concern that individuals could not keep control of multiple dogs and that posed safety concerns for others in the park.

Under the bylaw, the fine for having more than four dogs in a dog-designated park is $100.