Council votes to eliminate ‘reset’ provision on fines for impounded animals

Members of council are hoping that increased financial penalties for pet owners may prevent animals from roaming free across the township.

They signed off on a new fees bylaw at Monday (March 11) afternoon’s meeting of the finance committee, eliminating a provision that saw fines for impoundment reset at the end of each calendar year.

Fines range from $65 for the first offense, $150 for a second, $250 for a third and $500 for each subsequent offense.

“Hopefully that should help our issue of dogs and cats running loose,” said Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Campbell.

Members of council first discussed removing the reset provision last month during a presentation from Bylaw Enforcement and Canine Control Supervisor Sarah Beauregard-Jones.

Mayor Debbie Bath noted that one particular dog in Sunderland – who is “very popular” on social media – poses a persistent problem.

“We also have one in Cannington as well,” Beauregard-Jones added.

Regional Councillor Ted Smith proposed the measure, which was met with unanimous support.

“People are not receiving the fines that they should be,” he said.

“Money talks.”

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