Rossland council amending downtown dog bylaw

City council has instructed staff to draft an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw that will allow dogs to be brought downtown.

Council is moving to allow dogs downtown as long as they are attended.

Rossland may soon be allowing dogs downtown, as council asked city administration, on Monday, to put together an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw that will allow dogs to be brought downtown.

The move follows a committee of the whole last week in which council members recommended attended dogs be allowed to be walked downtown.

The committee also recommended that bylaw enforcement be increased once the bylaw is amended, as well as a fee structure for fines which will be applied cumulatively per dog, per offence, without resetting on a yearly basis.

A motion for city staff to talk with the Rossland Chamber of Commerce to determine which businesses owners would allow dogs to be tied up behind their business, was defeated.

The committee recommended that the bylaw also be amended to prohibit dogs from being tied up downtown.

The committee deferred any decisions on a possible smoking regulation bylaw, which could prohibit smoking in public places, until after Interior Health makes a presentation in front of council on April 8.

 

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