The Castlegar city council has formed a committee to review a 10-year old bylaw regulating the ownership and licensing of pit bulls because it is ineffective.
(c) a Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or any dog of mixed breeding which includes any of those breeds.
5. For each Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, $ 1,000.00 per year or cross
10. No owner of a vicious dog shall permit, suffer or allow the dog to be on a highway or in a public place or any other place that is not owned or controlled by that owner unless the dog is muzzled to prevent it from biting another animal or human.
11. The owner of a vicious dog shall, at all times while the dog is on premises owned or controlled by that owner, keep the dog securely confined either indoors or in an enclosed pen or other structure capable of preventing the entry of young children and adequately constructed to prevent the dog from escaping.
Since the bylaw came into effect 10 years ago, only one person has paid the licence fee, and council members acknowledged the difficulty of breed identification.
Please take a moment to contact the Castlegar city council and encourage them to repeal the breed specific language in their ordinance. This is a good opportunity to make positive change!
City of Castlegar
460 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7
City Hall online contact form:http://www.castlegar.ca/contactus/contact_us.php?contact=castlegar
April 21, 2011 article from CastlegarNews.com