Statement regarding Dog Breed Specific Regulations
June 26, 2013 - 9:36 AM
The Regional District of Central Okanagan wishes to make it clear that it is not considering any change in regulations that would propose a ban on any specific breed of dog.
Such a suggestion was not a part of the Regional Dog Control Service Review that was fully endorsed by the Regional Board last fall. The topic of possible breed specific restrictions was raised by a Director during discussion on the progress to date on the Service Review recommendations at the June 13th meeting of the Governance and Services Committee and the June 24th Regional Board meeting.
Regional District staff and its consultant are solely working to implement the recommendations of the Service Review. They are focusing their attention on programs that will encourage and support responsible dog owners of all breeds while introducing a zero tolerance program in 2014 for dogs that are not licensed. Staff is also working on a program, with the support of community minded businesses, to provide rewards for dog owners that license their pet. The goal, as outlined the Dog Service Review recommendations is to create over time, a program that recognizes the benefits of responsible dog owners of all breeds across the Central Okanagan, holding those that are not accountable for their actions and decisions while hoping to reduce the number of aggressive and dangerous dog incidents in our community.
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