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Vernon bylaws updated to ensure animal welfare

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May 28, 2019 - 3:15 PM

VERNON - Vernon city council has approved an amendment to the bylaw covering standards of care and appropriate housing conditions for animals.

These changes follow a 2015 review of municipal animal bylaws in the province by the B.C. SPCA.

After realizing that Vernon lacked regulations for standards of care and housing for animals, the SPCA requested the city make the appropriate changes, according to a B.C. SPCA media release.

The animal regulation and animal pound bylaw has been updated to include a fine for pet owners who fail to provide sufficient food, clean water and shelter, proper exercise and needed veterinary care, the SPCA says.

The new regulation also prohibits leaving animals in a confined space without shade and ventilation or leaving them outside in extreme conditions. It specifies that dogs cannot be tethered unattended for more than four hours and that the tether must allow for adequate freedom of movement. The tether must be at least one and a half meters from any property line and allow movement within a minimum of a three-meter radius.

The B.C. SPCA says it is optimistic the updated bylaw will ensure better treatment of animals and stricter penalties for animal abusers.

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