Why Dog Owners Need to Take New Regulations Seriously
We have all lived out this story before; you are walking down the street on a hot summer day, and out of nowhere an angry dog runs to a neighbor’s fence. You may not have been the victim of a dog bite, but if you have noticed on the news over the years, it has become a big problem in Surrey.
In discussion with Jas Rehal, the Manager of Bylaws and Licensing with the City Of Surrey, he stated, “the Bylaw was approved during the first reading on February 6, 2017. We wanted to set clear expectations to pet owners with a tool that will help with any breed of dog.”
New Surrey Rules on Dog Attacks
On February 6, a new regulation was approved for owners with aggressive dogs to receive a trainer if the animal becomes a problem in the community. In the case that a dog is considered dangerous it must be neutered or spayed during the time that the trainer works to tame the animal.
Dog owners can no longer leave a dog on a leash or chain while on their property if he or she leaves their home.
In an interview with Amy Morris, an officer at the British Columbia Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), she stated, “when we look at trends of dog bites, most attacks are animals protecting their property.”
When asked if there is a particular breed of dog that is common in most dog attacks in the area Amy mentioned that the dog “breeds are across the board.”
The Dog Attack That Influenced the Change
Last summer a 65-year old woman was attacked by a pit bull, and it stirred up a debate with City officials as to whether a particular type of dog needs to be banned or if stricter laws need to be enforced.
In August of 2016, a man in Langley was attacked by a dangerous Cane Corso as he walked his dog in North Booth Park. Out of nowhere, the Cane Coro rushed at him and bit the owner’s dog. It was unfortunate that he suffered injuries while trying to protect himself and his pet.