Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Animal Services seeks public feedback on dog limits in off-leash areas

How many dogs do you think an individual should be allowed to have off-leash in one of the city’s designated park areas?

Animal & Bylaw Services is currently reviewing the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and is seeking input from Calgarians. Dog owners and off-leash area users are encouraged to take a few minutes to fill out a short online survey to provide their views regarding the number of dogs an individual should be allowed to have off-leash at one time.

“We value the opinions of Calgarians and want input from off-leash area users,” said Bill Bruce, Director of Animal & Bylaw Services. “The results of the survey may be used to determine if it is necessary to limit the number of dogs an individual can have off leash in a dog park at one time, so it’s important that citizens take the time to voice their opinion.”

Currently, there is no limit on the number of canine pets that individual citizens can have off-leash at one time within Calgary’s designated off-leash areas. However, it is specified that dogs must be under control – within sight and responsive to commands – at all times.

The questionnaire is now available to fill out online at until the end of May. Citizens without access to the internet may also participate in the survey by calling 3-1-1.

Onward/ Dogs must be under their owner’s control at all times when off-leash and able to respond to their owner’s voice or commands. | 2020 Sustainability Direction: By 2020, more than 86 per cent of citizens report Calgary is a safe city to live in.

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