Gloria McClusky likes the Toronto dog bylaw. That's a real shame if she wants to imitate that bylaw here. It is a super shitty bylaw. We'd be taking a real step back if almost any part of that bylaw comes to the HRM. You can go read it - here -
She is quoted as saying that in a CBC news article, amongst other places.
The Toronto bylaw includes -
- There is a 3 dog limit.
- There is a provision if you want to tie your dogs outside - meaning that it's perfectly legal and okay to keep your dogs chained outside 24 hours a day, 365 days a year;
- All decisions are made by the "Executive director" - not by a judge - so it's no better than our bylaw where all decisions are made by an animal controll officer;
- They have a spay and neuter clinic and it's specifically for animals owned by the city - no one else;
- They have that "leash law" where you can't walk a dog on anything longer than a 2 metre leash.
So let's get into that a little bit. I own short leashes for the dogs, and I own flexi leashes for the dogs - I walk the dogs under all kinds of conditions.
I walk them downtown, I walk them in quiet neighbourhoods, I walk them at public events, I walk them in the woods, I walk them on trails, I walk them from the cart to the house - and in all those circumstances - they have different leashes.
When I walk them downtown, at public events - they wear shorter leashes so that they don't get wrapped around people and poles - and they each have their own leash.
In the woods they are off-leash having a great time.
On trails, and in quiet neighbourhoods they wear individual flexi-leads so that they can still get good exercise - they run from tree to tree sniffing and I can walk a steady pace - there's no one around - it works out perfectly.
From the car to the house and back, and to the vet - where we aren't covering any distance -they were a 2 dog leash - for convenience sake.
I know when and where to wear which leash - because I am a savvy dog owner - and I think it's ridiculous for Councillor McClusky to make a statement like "She also wants leashes limited to 2 metres in length and retractable leads prohibited because, she said, they don't people enough control over their pets".
If that's all it takes to get something banned in this city - we are doomed.
What scientific papers did she read to have her come to this conclusion that flexi leads don't give people control over their pets? And what if I use my flexi lead and keep it locked at 6 feet - will I still be fined?
I actually own a flexi lead that only extends to 6 feet - will this lead also give me a fine? That is the ridiculousness of that statement.
So long story short - we should just be lookng a lot closer for our good bylaws - NOT places like Toronto. We don't need 3 dogs limits and instructions on how to chain out your dogs.
Once again I put Parrsboro, and Windsor out as good bylaws and places to start if you're looking at refocusing your bylaw - staff of the HRM. And simply tightening up the bylaw you currently have - take the power away from your animal control officers and put it in the hands of judges - stiffen your finnes, keep your dangerous dog legislation - and enforce it - and we will all be happy.
what's so horrible about that?