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Does dog bylaw go far enough?


  |  Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:28 pm

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We were upset to hear that a teenage girl in Fairways was bitten and injured by a dog on May 19. (See story on page 1). We are, however, relieved the injuries were non-life-threatening and to our knowledge, it seems the girl will recover.

This is certainly not an isolated incident. As soon as the weather warms up every year, the Cityís dog bylaw comes up for discussion.

Last year, after hearing a report on the number of dog bites and the breeds involved, council decided to maintain the status quo on the dog bylaw.

The question is, will a fine of any amount reduce or stop the instances of dogs biting residents?

We donít think so. Unfortunately, the fact is, there are people who are responsible pet owners who train their pets and make sure they are in control of them at all times and there are those who do not.

Alternatively, there are those responsible pet owners who do everything right and the fact remains: animals can be unpredictable.

Despite the fact they cuddle with us when we watch TV and share our bed, dogs are animals and can sometimes react in a way we would not expect as they never have before.

We donít know all of the circumstances of the incident in Fairways on May 19 and therefore it is very hard for us to form a solid opinion about who is to blame. However, would a dog bylaw fine higher than the current amount of $350 have stopped or changed the events of that day? Probably not.

We are glad the City has repercussions in place to penalize the owners of violent animals. Unfortunately, we donít think a fine can stop these tragic instances.


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