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Vauxhall to Remove BSL

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Friday, 10 October 2008
    By Garrett Simmons
    Vauxhall Advance

    These are certainly the dog days of fall — at least in Vauxhall.

    Come next Thursday, the direction of the town’s new dog bylaw could be made much more clear, thanks to an open house scheduled for Oct. 16.

    Up for discussion is a change to Section XXV of Vauxhall’s bylaw concerning the licensing and control of animals.
    “The proposal is to eliminate that, and make it a case-by-case,†said Coun.

    Brian Hagan about that particular section. “We want to make dog owners responsible.†Section XXV - Restricted and Vicious Dogs, names a number of breeds, mainly various types of pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans, mastiffs and the Rhodesian ridgeback, and various mixed breeds with physical characteristics of the above animals, as restricted.

    The section calls for a $1,000-a-year restricted-licence fee to be paid, and requires the dog owners in question to have liability insurance providing third-party liability coverage in a minimum amount of $1 million for potential injuries caused by the restricted dog.

    “It basically says you can’t have it,†said Hagen of the section of the bylaw, who added in some cases, people are not registering their restricted dogs. “We suspect that.â€

    He added dogs, even those on the restricted list, are fine with responsible owners, which has led to the proposed changes in the town’s bylaw. The proposal seeks to rename Section XXV to Dangerous Dogs but more importantly, it would strike out the list of restricted dogs, among other items.

    In its place, the bylaw would attempt to label a dangerous dog as “a dog of any age, which when on or off the property of its owner: a) shows a propensity, disposition or potential to attack or injure, without provocation, other animals or humans.â€
    Dogs which chase people without provocation, continue to be a serious threat to humans or animals or dogs who have injured people or other animals are also deemed dangerous.
    Should a dog be determined dangerous, the owners will be informed, and will be subject to a number of conditions in order to keep their animal. When at home, the dog would have to be kept indoors under the control of a person over 16, or kept outdoors in a locked pen, capable of both preventing the escape of the animal and the entry of young children.
    Certain standards for the locked pen are also listed, and there are also provisions for what dog owners are to do when their animal is off their property. In that case, the dog is to be muzzled, and on a harness or lease not longer than one metre, in control of a person at least 18 years old.
    With the changes being proposed, Hagen added input from the community is needed to help council make an informed decision.
    “I’m not a dog owner myself, so I have a trouble making a decision like that.â€
    According to Hagen, the impetus for the changes came from calls from citizens, and research done into what other towns and cities were doing with their bylaws. He added many areas have gotten away from dog bylaws with breed-specific legislation.
    “It came up earlier this year, and it was brought to our attention by dog owners that the bylaw is out of date with what is going on across the rest of Canada.â€
    How the majority of people in Vauxhall feel about the changes is yet to be seen but at the open house, Hagen added the public will have an opportunity for input.
    “My idea is to make a presentation of where we’re at and where we’re proposing to go, and then open it up to questions.â€
    The open house is set for Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. inside the meeting room at the complex.

    LeeAnn O'Reilly, Pres.DLCC
    president@doglegisl ationcouncilcana da.org
    www.doglegislationc ouncilcanada. org
    "Fighting ignorance since 2003..it's taking longer than we thought."
  2. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Council moved on to the first reading of the dog bylaw. Hagen explained the reasoning behind the move to modernize some of the current bylaw’s stipulations.

    “There’s been a lot of work that’s gone into this,” said Hagen. “One of the biggest problems with the old bylaw was not so much the spayed animals, it was the $1000 licensing for certain animals, and the $1 million liability. Breed-specific bans are outdated.”

    Administrative assistant Tracey Goulet offered that progress has been made already in dealing with many of the problems surrounding dogs in the community.

    “Lots of people are realizing that if they come in with their complaints, things are being dealt with,” said Goulet.

    The bylaw was carried unanimously for first reading.

    http://www.vauxhall advance.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&task=view&id=1062&Itemid=60

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