Owners of nuisance cats in this Shuswap town could be fined thanks to a new pet by-law | infonews


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May 14, 2022 – 6:05 pm

A new pet by-law in Sicamous ensures that owners whose pets disturb others can be fined.

The new pet bylaw went into effect in the city last month. Fines can be imposed on pet owners whose pets create a “nuisance”, including cats.

Sicamous District Leader Jennifer Bruns said the district is including all pets to encourage responsible pet ownership in the community.

“It’s about civic responsibility and ultimately being a good neighbour,” she said.

Although cats can still roam freely, they must have a tag with the owner’s name and contact information, and owners must ensure that they do not poop on public or private property without it being removed. immediately.

The owner must ensure that the animal does not “create a nuisance” for others. The owner of an animal without ID can face a $100 fine and a $250 fine if their animal creates a nuisance.

“If you have a pet of any species, are you a good neighbor? Bruns asked.

The district didn’t want to limit the settlement to just dogs and cats, but to make sure owners provide proper care and don’t interfere with others.

Since the bylaw was implemented in April, she said, complaints have been filed with the district about nuisance cats and the district is working with pet owners.

“We are always looking to educate and voluntarily follow the rules, we never look to just impose a bunch of fines, that’s not our intention with this.”

The new regulations also prohibit pet owners from leaving their pets unattended in a vehicle between April 30 and October 1, or owners can face a $250 fine.

The other municipalities in the region do not currently have regulations for all pets, only dogs and farm animals. Salmon Arm defines animals as poultry, sheep, goats, guinea pigs or other farm animals.

The Central Okanagan, Vernon, Kamloops, and Penticton regional districts all have animal control regulations regarding dogs, but none include pets in general.

Bruce Smith, communications manager for the regional district, said years ago the council discussed implementing a cat control bylaw, but the decision was made to leave the bylaws to the dogs.

Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council in British Columbia, said via email that they appreciate good pet management practices that help us “live better together”.

“With pet ownership comes the responsibility to provide good care,” Wallin said. “If a pet owner finds they can no longer care for their pet, we urge them to try to rehom their pet or return it to the store where they purchased it.

“We implore people never to leave pets in the wild. Rabbits and goldfish are two animals too often purchased as pets and then released into the wild where they have severely affected local ecosystems.”

The BC SPCA did not immediately return a request for comment.

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