The bylaw comes into effect on January 1, 2014.
The new Nuisance Dog licence category will apply to dogs that have had three or more convictions in the past three years for any combination of the following offences:
- excessive barking
- excessive defecation
- failure to control or leash while the dog is off the owner’s property.
After the bylaw comes into effect January 1, 2014, those dogs that have had three or more convictions in the previous three years will be required, at the next renewal date, to obtain a Nuisance Dog License.
Renewal licence procedure:
Prior to the renewal of any Nuisance Dog License, administration will conduct a review to determine if the dog still meets the requirements of the Nuisance definition (three convictions in three years). If the dog no longer meets the definition, a regular dog licence will be issued.
After January 1, 2014, the City will notify all current owners of dogs who have had three or more convictions in the past three years that their dog is now deemed a Nuisance Dog. We will also offer information on approaches to address nuisance behaviour.
Nuisance Dogs will be subject to an increased licence fee of $100 a year (versus $35 for spayed or neutered dogs).
Additional conditions could also be imposed on the licensee to ensure compliance with the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw. For example, an owner who has been fined for failing to control or leash their dog could be required to keep their dog in a secure enclosure while outdoors.
Fines for Nuisance Dogs for any of the three offences listed above will increase to $250 (from $100).
The creation of a nuisance dog category aims to:
- hold the owners of dogs who are continuously misbehaving to a higher standard
- act as a deterrent for repeat violations
- provide motivation to take remedial action and correct the dog's behaviour.
Extensive public consultation was previously completed which showed support for stronger enforcement measures for dog attacks and chronic offenders of the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw.