A few weeks ago the City of Airdrie published proposed changes to the Airdrie Animal Control Bylaw. The major changes include a variety of different items including, but not limited to, dog in motor vehicles, leash lengths, cycling with animals, dogs on pathways, vicious dogs, and kennel time.
We posted links to the bylaws on our social media accounts and encouraged people to take some time and read through the entire 30 page document.
We started soliciting feedback. We listened, discussed, and then re-read the bylaws. More conversations, more questions and another re-read of the bylaws.
We're pretty familiar with the bylaws...
From all our conversations there seemed to be various opinions and outlooks towards these new proposed changes. Some people are very concerned, others indifferent, some unsure of what the new Bylaws really mean.
So we gathered all our insights along with both personal and community questions and headed to The Bone and Biscuit to attend the first community information session.
And... We're Impressed
Three bylaw officers, and two City employees were at the ready to discuss, answer questions, and take notes. It was a casual open forum for feedback that started as a large group discussion and evolved into many one-on-one conversations.
What was discussed?
The want for cat Bylaws and limits, how the three dog minimum doesn't include fosters, the bylaw prohibiting biking with your dog, keeping to the right of the path, dogs in vehicles, what determines a dog as viscous, altering the wording to some bylaws and revisiting others.
Some people came with circled and highlighted copies of the draft document, other's brought their dogs, while some simply came to say their peace and leave.
What Did We learn?
Although the Bylaws read very black and white the Bylaw Officers do and will continue to use discretion. One example we discussed is a dog without a license. Let's say Fido broke his license tag and you reordered it. Bylaw officers now have mobile technologies with the capability to verify you reordered the license..
So...What Do We Suggest?
There are two more information sessions; tomorrow Friday evening at Pet Value from 4-6pm and then again and from 10-12pm on Saturday at Pet Planet.
Take twenty minutes and read through the proposed Animal Control Bylaw document. Here is the link: http://www.airdrie.ca/getDocument.cfm?ID=2734
Take a piece of paper and write down an feedback or questions and go have a conversation with a Bylaw Officer.
If you can't attend the session email your feedback to
It's not over until the hyper puppy takes a nap!
Be informed! Knowledge is power!
(yeah.. It's been a long day...)
We're going to try and attend another information session, then over the weekend we will post another blog containing our thoughts and recommendations. The cut-off date to get your feedback to the city is February 11th so there's still plenty of time to review the proposed Animal Control Bylaw document and share your two cents.
That's our two cents! Until next time.. See you at the dog park.