Dogs on the loose

  • May. 5, 2008 9:00 a.m.

Submitted by Shane Windatt, QCI-SPCA Vice-Chair–Dog owners are reminded that even in communities that lack municipal dog-control bylaws, it’s an offence under the provincial Livestock Protection Act to allow their dogs to roam freely. Loose dogs can be a danger to themselves and others, as they may interfere with traffic, consume garbage, drink antifreeze from under a neighbour’s truck, come into conflict with fearful or over-enthusiastic children, or pack up with other dogs to kill deer or cats. The SPCA recommends that dogs be safely restricted to their houses or yards, and that daily, supervised exercise be given.The QCI-SPCA is a volunteer-based organization, and does not employ a dog-catcher, nor is it our responsibility to deal with roaming pets. However, at our discretion, we do accept homeless dogs surrendered by members of the public. If your dog is wandering the community, it may end up in the care of the SPCA. Dog owners can claim lost pets at no charge if they call and make arrangements to pick up their animals the same day; however, a daily boarding fee is charged if there’s a delay. Owners must also reimburse the SPCA for veterinary treatment and medication given to their pets. Please don’t be casual about your dog’s disappearance: call at once to report your lost pet. For all dog-related inquiries, please call 559-8807. For cats, call 559-8439.