Calgary, AB, Canada: Enlightened approach to managing pets nets public safety results

Despite the sensational headline and opener text, the real value of this article is the details and discussion about Calgary’s much-admired dog legislation and enforcement.

Dog attack continues in Calgary woman’s nightmares

By Tamara Gignac, Calgary Herald
June 8, 2010 6:45 AM

Last year, bylaw officers logged 424 aggressive dog incidents, including 159 bites. Compare that to 1985, when the city received 1,938 complaints, including 621 bites, at a time when Calgary was home to only 600,000 people.

Asked to explain the city’s peculiarly docile pet population, top bylaw officer Bill Bruce can quickly rhyme off a chorus of theories.

“We have damn good legislation, we take aggression extremely seriously and we have great public education,” he says.

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http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/attack+continues+nightmares/3125621/story.html

2 responses to “Calgary, AB, Canada: Enlightened approach to managing pets nets public safety results

  1. good article. thanks for passing this along.

  2. Laurel M. Ashley

    I’m wondering, if the earlier incident was reported was it not investigated? I think the dog should have been impounded pending the owner making necessary repairs to the fence. Also it seems he should have been made to attend mandatory dog safety and training class before getting his dog returned to him.