City hears from over 1,200 residents on animal bylaw survey

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Leduc City Council was presented this past Monday with the findings of this summer’s Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw survey that saw 1,268 respondents weighing in on the city’s current animal bylaw regulations, providing their opinion on suggested changes.

“We received an impressive response from our community, especially from those who are passionate about their four-legged family members,” says Cameron Chisholm, manager of RCMP Administration and Enforcement Services with the City of Leduc. “The recommendations we’re bringing forward is based on what we’ve heard from the community through a collection of public engagement opportunities and the survey itself.”

Recommendations to Leduc City Council include:

  • Adding a provision for cat attacks and defecation.
  • Improving clarification of the number of permitted dogs/cats at a residence with respect to those having a business license to operate a breeding or boarding facility.
  • Adding a lesser offence to address minor incidents currently classified as a dog attack. This would utilize an aggression assessment tool to define the degree of severity for an animal attack.

“We recognize a section of our community would like to see a few animals lifted from the prohibited list, such as bees and hens, however based on our research there are many other significant factors to consider,” says  Chisholm. “Majority of respondents asked the prohibited list remain as is, mindful of other impacts to the quality of life for all citizens, such as noise, smell, health reasons and a potential increase in attracting predators within the city limits.”

During Committee-of-the-Whole, council asked administration to work with the Leduc Environmental Advisory Board (LEAB) to make recommendations on future amendments to the bylaw that would be later presented to council for consideration.

For more information, call Leduc Enforcement Services at 780-980-7200 option 5.

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Click HERE for the survey results

Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications