FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City turned to the public for opinions to potential changes in the animal bylaw and the findings have been released. The City received information from an online survey and a information meeting which was held on September 12th, 2016.
There were a total of 5 questions asked in the online survey. The results were as follows:
“Question One: The bylaw proposes that all dogs should be leashed when in public areas other than the off leash dog park. Do you agree? 657 responses/ 69.25% Yes/ 24.96% No/ 5.78% Not sure
Question two: The new bylaw requires all owners to provide adequate care for their pets including the necessities of life. Do you agree? 656 responses/ 98.02% Yes/ 0.91% No/ 1.07% Not sure
Question three: The old term “vicious dog” could change to two terms: ‘aggressive dog’ for those who are aggressive and ‘biting dog’ for those that have bitten. These dogs will be treated differently by Bylaw with different options for bylaw enforcement and opportunities to correct bad behavior. Do you agree? 657 responses/ 80.82% Yes/ 4.26% No/ 14.92% Not sure
Question four: Fines for not obeying the bylaw now range from $125 – $300 for things like not licensing your dog, not cleaning up after your dog, and having a dog cause damage or bite a person or animal. Do you agree? 656 responses/ 73.63% Yes/ 13.87% No/ 12.50% Not Sure
Question five: Is there anything else that you think should be addressed in the Animal Control Bylaw that concerns you? The results had a mix of different concerns that the public would like addressed.
Regulation of cats (public would like a discussion about a cat bylaw).
Dog park concerns quantity and quality.