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CVRD Exploring Amendments to Dog Regulation Bylaw
Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Dog Regulation Bylaw has not been reviewed since 2007 and requires modernizing to keep up with emergent dog-related issues within the electoral areas.
An important element being considered in a new Dog Regulation Bylaw is the issue of public safety and the need to address aggressive dog incidents by placing the focus on the dog owner to control and prevent incidents.
Regulations for kennels, breeders and dog rescues will also be considered in order to enhance the CVRD’s ability to manage dog issues in electoral areas.
Staff have reviewed a number of dog regulation bylaws to determine best practices in relation to animal control bylaws including; Calgary, Vancouver and New Westminster. The BCSPCA are also closely involved in this process.
The CVRD will host a number of public consultation events throughout the region. These events are intended to seek input and ideas from the public on the topic of dog regulations and provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the potential amendments to the Dog Regulation Bylaw. The event dates and locations are listed below for information.
Saturday, May 13
Duncan Farmer’s Market
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, May 15
Cowichan Lake Sports Arena
311 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan
6 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16
CVRD Office, Board Room, Duncan
12 – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17
North Oyster Community Centre
13467 Cedar Road, Ladysmith
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 18
Shawnigan Lake Community Centre
2804 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
A description of the topics and a summary of key elements being considered for inclusion in the Dog Regulation Bylaw are available at www.placespeak.com or www.cvrd.bc.ca/dogs. Comments can be submitted on PlaceSpeak, email or at the open houses.