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Dog bites postie, dog kills pig, dog kills dog as regional dog control bylaw put to the test

NEWS/ REGION — Dogs killed a pig and a cat. One dog attacked and killed another dog. A dog bit a woman. Another bit a postie.

Dog bylawThose are just some of the incidents reported to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District since it implemented a dog bylaw in several electoral areas at the beginning of the year.

Stats show 15 calls during the first quarter of the year, nine within the participating service area and the rest outside. Some were simple requests for information, some were more serious.

The fatal attacks on a pig and a cat were in Louis Creek, outside the service area, as was the dog that killed another dog on the Lower Nicola reserve.

Loakin Bear Creek Road north of Little Shuswap Lake was the location for several investigations of dog attacks, including the one on the postie. Another incident involved two dogs attacking a Black Pines resident.

The dog bylaw covers electoral areas I, M, N and P. Randy Murray, the regional director for Area M, Lower Nicola, said the statistics prove the validity of the bylaw. “Our constituents need those tools for enforcement.”

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1 Comment on Dog bites postie, dog kills pig, dog kills dog as regional dog control bylaw put to the test

  1. Our TNRD directors must keep desired outcomes in mind when they contemplate enacting and enforcing dog bylaws. What will be the community response? The most dangerous dogs are the ones left on chains in back yards, dogs that do not learn to get along with other dogs and people. If these dogs get loose, and they will, the outcome will be worse and the bylaw will have just made the situation worse. I suspect in the cases identified by the TNRD that most of the dogs involved were chained or confined most of the time.
    The south shore of Paul Lake is an interesting example of dogs and people living together The houses are at the foot of a steep mountain, they don’t have much in the way of yards. The neighborhood dogs, which are many, generally hang around the road, peacefully. If a resident takes their dog for a walk, they usually find that they end up being joined by six or seven others and every body gets along.
    In more than 30 years living on the north shore of Paul Lake I have never heard of an altercation on the south shore. On the other hand, many of the dogs on the north shore are confined to yards, and on occasion there have been altercations when these dogs get out.
    So please, TNRD directors, don’t just do something, do something that will result in the outcomes desired. If that is not possible, please don’t make the situation worse

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