Castlegar, BC, Canada: Council to review pit bull bylaw

Castlegar city council has agreed to review their pit bull bylaw after being made aware that the prohibitive cost of owning a “pit bull” in Castlegar ($1000 annual registration fee) has discouraged people from moving to Castlegar, has discouraged resident “pit bull” owners from registering their dogs, and has been difficult for bylaw officers to enforce due to breed identification issues. Council opinion about the bylaw is mixed–some support the bylaw, while others imply they might support modification or repeal.

Please encourage Castlegar council to replace their discriminatory bylaw with an effective, enforceable, breed-neutral bylaw.

Castlegar Council meets the first and third Monday of each month with a summer recess during the months of July and August. City Council Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Forum, located at 445 13th Avenue. Next city council meeting: May 2, 2011, 7:00 PM. 

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Castlegar to review pit bull licensing bylaw

By Kim Magi – Castlegar News
Published: April 21, 2011 9:00 AM

Castlegar city council has struck a committee to review the bylaw that charges an annual fee of $1,000 to license pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers.

“There was a lot of chatter on Facebook and in the newspaper,” Coun. Deb McIntosh said at Monday’s council meeting.

“The bylaw is ineffective.”[…]

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One response to “Castlegar, BC, Canada: Council to review pit bull bylaw

  1. Patti johnson

    I appose the present bylaw for many reasons. What i would like to see, is pet owners going through an orientation to properly handle their dogs when liscencing, not for just pitbull owners but all dog owners kind of like a parenting course. There are many breeds that have attacked and even small itty bitty dogs. Pitbulls are lovely dogs.