Burnaby, BC, Canada: Residents ask for repeal of BSL

Burnaby, BC, is revamping its animal control ordinance. Residents and advocacy groups have asked city officials to repeal its BSL.

Residents, contact city officials and show your respectful support not only for the repeal of BSL but also for a new ordinance that will improve public safety and encourage humane treatment of pets:
City Hall, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5G 1M2
City Clerk Anne Skipsey, Clerks@burnaby.ca
Fax: 604-294-7537
Burnaby City Council:
mayor.corrigan@burnaby.ca; pietro.calendino@burnaby.ca; richard.chang@burnaby.ca; sav.dhaliwal@burnaby.ca; dan.johnston@burnaby.ca; cjordan@comsavings.com; anne.kang@burnaby.ca; paul.mcdonell@burnaby.ca; nick.volkow@burnaby.ca

On June 11, advocates intend to approach Burnaby and New Westminster officials on this issue. It’s a great time to get involved if you live in the area.
Facebook page for Burnaby advocates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233677863400763/
Facebook page for New Westminster advocates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/384026878303091/
Facebook page for HugABull, the major group leading the charge:

Pit bull owners push for changes


[…] The City of Burnaby is revamping its animal control bylaw, and some local dog owners want to see the breed-specific part of the bylaw dropped.

Burnaby’s bylaw from 1991 states that a vicious dog is defined as one that has attacked a person or animal without provocation, or “a Staffordshire bull terrier, an American pit bull terrier and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics.”

Under the bylaw, dogs defined as vicious must be muzzled in public and be kept confined when on the owner’s premises.

[…] Other Lower Mainland municipalities have either gotten rid of breed-specific bylaws or are in the process of revamping their animal control bylaws. Coquitlam got rid of the breed-specific wording in its bylaw last October.

[…]The city is still in the early stages of examining the bylaw, according to Layng, and has been in touch with the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals regarding possible changes.

“They have a model bylaw that we’re looking at and seeing how we want ours to look compared to that,” he said.

There will likely be consultation with the public over any changes that would affect residents of Burnaby, he added, before it gets forwarded to council. […]

Full article retrieved 6/9/12 from http://www.burnabynow.com/life/bull+owners+push+changes/6749867/story.html

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