REPEAL ALERT: New Westminster, BC, Canada

The New Westminster city council has received requests from animal groups to eliminate the breed specific language in the city’s animal control bylaw, which deems certain dogs to be vicious breeds. The city’s family court committee and some residents, however, support the existing breed-specific wording in the bylaw.

In June, the city council directed staff to review the breed specific bylaw and report back on any improvements that could be made. An Oct. 15 staff report recommended a change that would preserve the existing “vicious dog” designation in the current bylaw, but would introduce an “aggressive dog” designation for dogs. It is the “vicious dog” section that contains the breed specific language and designates the following breeds as “vicious”:

Pit Bull
Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Cane Corso
Italian Mastiff
Presa Canarios
Fila Brasileiro
Argentinian Dogo

The staff report noted that ”the improvements to the bylaw would shift the responsibility of pet behavior to owners. Animal behavior is based on training and responsible ownership.” This is, of course, true for ALL dogs, regardless of breed.

Council members are interested in reviewing evidence-based information about breed specific legislation. Coun. Puchmayr wants to engage more with the community and hold a public forum for input into this “really important issue.”

Please reach out to the New Westminster city council and encourage them to remove the breed specific language from their bylaw. Please also provide them with fact based information regarding the ineffectiveness of BSL.

Residents should keep an eye open for a public forum to be scheduled on this in the future.

City of New Westminster
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New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9
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Mayor and Council
Wayne Wright,
Mayor
wwright@newwestcity.ca

Jonathan Cote,
Councilor
jcote@newwestcity.ca

Bill Harper,
Councilor
bharper@newwestcity.ca

Jaimie McEvoy,
Councilor
jmcevoy@newwestcity.ca

Betty McIntosh,
Councilor
bmcintosh@newwestcity.ca

Chuck Puchmayr,
Councilor
cpuchmayr@newwestcity.ca

Lorrie Williams,
Councilor
lwilliams@newwestcity.ca

‘Vicious’ dog review prompts city to hold a public forum
‘Are certain breeds more dangerous than other breeds?’, city councillor asks

By Theresa McManus, The RecordOctober 26, 2012 2:08 AM

New Westminster city council isn’t prepared to take a bite out of its animal control bylaw just yet.

Council has received requests from animal groups to eliminate the breed specific legislation in the city’s animal control bylaw, which deems certain dogs to be vicious breeds. The city’s family court committee and some residents, however, have expressed support for the existing breed-specific wording in the bylaw.

Entire article can be found at:http://www.royalcityrecord.com/Vicious+review+prompts+city+hold+public+forum/7450925/story.html#ixzz2APUWqXtl

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