Tight limit placed on dogs in parks

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is adopted a bylaw that limits a person to having four dogs in a designated dog park

A tight leash is being put on anyone walking a pack of dogs in Greater Vernon parks.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is adopted a bylaw that limits a person to having four  dogs in a designated dog park.

“There have been individuals with more than a dozen dogs on their own and off leash,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Visitors to parks must have care and control of their dogs but Nelson says that can be difficult with multiple animals.

The issue about the number of dogs one person may have arose after a discussion with canine owners.

While he supported the bylaw, director Bob Fleming questions why a resident would have more than one or two dogs in a park.

“It sounds like commercial operations. Who else would have a dozen dogs?” he said.

Bylaws do not allow a business to operate or advertise in a park unless permission is granted.

“The addition of this section (four dogs) to the bylaw should not negatively impact any dog-related  businesses since there have been no such permissions granted,” said Nelson.

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