April 07, 2014 - 9:11 AM
The warmer weather makes now a great time to start getting active outdoors. Kelowna has numerous parks and pathways, ideal areas for walking, hiking, cycling and more. Residents can also explore the community to its fullest on one of the City’s free Neighbourhood Walks with experienced walk leaders.
However, now that Knox Mountain’s gates have opened for the season, City workers have discovered that some pet owners are not cleaning up after their dogs. Rain, shine or snow - regardless of the season, it is the responsibility of dog owners to pick up after their pets. A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities.
“It’s a matter of respecting your neighbors. Parks are for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. Unfortunately, issues with dogs go beyond the droppings they leave behind.
“We had an incident earlier this year in which a dog took down a deer in one of our parks. Not only is this a fineable offence, it is saddening to hear when this kind of thing happens. We want to retain Kelowna’s natural beauty and habitat and that means ensuring dogs are under their owner’s control at all times.”
For more information on our City’s bylaws, visit kelowna.ca/bylaws. For more information on our parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
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