South Glen­garry looks at ‘in­ef­fec­tive’ dog tag pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News By­law 07-11 (Con­trol and Li­cens­ing of An­i­mals),

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Fol­low­ing a re­cent sug­ges­tion from a South Glen­garry coun­cil­lor, town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion is reeval­u­at­ing its ex­ist­ing dog li­cens­ing pro­gram.

South Glen­garry’s man­ager of prop­erty stan­dards and en­force­ment Gary Poupart pro­posed a num­ber of op­tions for re­vis­ing the man­ner in which the mu­nic­i­pal­ity cur­rently man­ages dog li­cens­ing in an in­for­ma­tion re­port pre­sented to town­ship coun­cil Fe­bru­ary 20.

Based on the find­ings of Mr. Poupart’s ini­tial as­sess­ment, the sta­tus quo needs to be over­hauled.

“A con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate based on the num­ber of house­holds in the town­ship sug­gests a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 1,980 owned dogs within the town­ship,” he stated.

“Based on the years 2016-2017, the aver­age num­ber of dogs li­censed an­nu­ally in the town­ship is 815. This rep­re­sents only 41.2 per cent of dogs be­ing li­censed an­nu­ally...(which) may demon­strate that the cur­rent li­cens­ing pro­gram is in­ef­fec­tive...”

South Glen­garry’s cur­rent dog li­cens­ing pro­gram, out­lined in

makes it manda­tory for town­ship pet own­ers to ob­tain a li­cence for ev­ery dog that is three months of age or older.

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