Fort St. John Seeking Public Consultation On Animal Bylaw Changes

Mayor Lori Ackerman and Councillor Larry Evans. [Credit: Montana Cumming]

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council passed a motion at Monday’s meeting to allow public consultation on proposed changes to the city’s Animal Control Bylaw.

The current bylaw was implemented in 1998, with the proposed revisions said to strengthen the existing bylaw provisions, and to introduce additional standards of care for pet owners.

The proposed changes include:

  • A section that pertains to regulations regarding the care of animals, specifically that of animal welfare.
  • An update to the section on Vicious Dogs, and an adoption of a two-tier system that recognises the difference between “aggressive dog(s)” and “biting dog(s).”
  • Sections that could allow for city residents to keep backyard chickens and beehives.
  • Updates to the Bylaw Enforcement Section, including restrictions on prohibited species of pets, as well as the stiffening of penalties for loose dogs.