NO to Dog Control Bylaw in Area D-CSRD

NO to Dog Control Bylaw in Area D-CSRD

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Kevin Mitchell started this petition to Area D residents -Columbia-Shuswap Regional District

In July 2012, a public hearing was held in Falkland hosted by Area D director Rene Talbot.  At the conclusion of the meeting, an overwhelming majority of the 200 attendees rejected the idea of a dog control bylaw.  Director Talbot quoted "Obviously they don’t want it so it’s the end of the story.”  Nine years later, that same Director Talbot through CSRD council has directed staff to post a survey and determine "What sort of dog control the area would prefer".  

It has been made clear on at least two previous occasions in recent years that Area D does NOT want dog control.  Largely an agricultural area, our dogs provide many services WITHOUT any need for dog licenses, bylaw enforcement or other forms of control.  These include livestock protection, family security and companionship for all ages. 

The spectre of bylaw enforcement is further made more threatening by the authority of bylaw officers to enter personal and business properties without notice or consent.  Imagine you are enjoying a quiet evening at home and suddenly people in uniforms come over a fence seeking out your dog, seize it and claim an anonymous complaint reported your dog barking. Furthermore, some bylaws, including one already in use in the Ranchero neighbourhood of Area D, allow for euthanizing of a dog after only 72 hours following seizure.

Make your voices heard and once again, and hopefully for the last time, say NO to Dog Control in Area D. The results of this petition and the recent survey will be presented at the CSRD general meeting on May 20th, 2021 @ the CSRD board meeting. If you would rather call or email your thoughts, Area D director Rene Talbot: email: rtalbot@csrd.bc.ca, tel: 250-832-8194 or toll-free: 1-888-248-2773. Your support is appreciated. 

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