Dog­fight brew­ing in Colch­ester

County res­i­dents take to the streets over pro­posed dog kennel by­law

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

ere was a lot of emo­tion as peo­ple walked to Colch­ester’s mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, hold­ing signs high and chant­ing.

About 100 res­i­dents took part in a protest Tues­day against Colch­ester County’s pro­posed kennel by­law. e group walked from Cen­tral Nova An­i­mal Hospi­tal to the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, where they re­mained for about an hour. They con­tin­ued to speak out against the by­law, with chants “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! is by­law has got to go” and “Vote No.” Many driv­ers pass­ing by honked their horns in sup­port.

“We’re here be­cause we’re all con­cerned about the pro­posed by­law that will be go­ing to its sec­ond read­ing… this urs­day night,” said Kim Pen­nie, who or­ga­nized the protest.

“ is is a by­law that at­tacks not just dog own­ers, kennel own­ers, but pretty much any­one in Colch­ester County – if you use a dog­gie day care, if you use a groomer, if you use a board­ing kennel or if your neigh­bour uses these servi- ces. It’s go­ing to a ect re­tail ser­vices and vet­eri­nar­i­ans. is is a by­law that’s go­ing to po­ten­tially have an e ect on a lot of peo­ple.”

She said she’d like to see coun­cil meet with peo­ple that can help them cre­ate a by­law that will help res­i­dents, not im­pede them.

“We want coun­cil to know we want this de­feated. We don’t want it amended, we don’t want it tabled, we want it de­feated.”

Sec­ond read­ing of the pro­posed by­law is sched­uled for this evening.

At that time coun­cil can de­cide whether to adopt it, re­ject it, amend it or send it for re­vi­sion.

An­other protest is planned for the park­ing lot of the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing at 6 p.m. to­day, shortly be­fore coun­cil meets.

e draft by­law can be viewed at the county build­ing, on the cor­ner of Queen and Church streets, or on­line at www.colch­ester.ca, un­der Lat­est Doc­u­ments.

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

Pro­test­ers walked from Cen­tral Nova An­i­mal Hospi­tal, on Main Street, to the county mu­nic­i­pal build­ing on Tues­day, voic­ing their op­po­si­tion to a pro­posed dog kennel law.

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