Collaring loose animals
North Glengarry is considering broadening its animal control by-law which, in its current state, deals only with dogs.
At last Wednesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Alexandria, the Township’s Director of Building, By-Laws and Planning, Jacob Rheaume, said that a new by-law is needed to deal with other animal problems.
“In recent years, the Township’s By-law Department has received multiple complaints concerning other animals running at large, on public places, on neighbouring properties and road allowances,” he said. “These animals include cows, horses, pigs, mostly farm animals that are not being kept in proper enclosures.”
Mr. Rheaume says that by-law officers are stymied when they deal with such situation as there is no law on the books that tells them what to do with animals other than dogs. Usually, they simply call the Ontario Provincial Police but, according to Mr. Rheaume, officers don’t quite know what to do either.
He said that a new proposed by-law would allow by-law enforcement officers to not only issue verbal or written notices to property owners, it would also permit them to seize animals that are “deemed to be running at large.” The animals would then be turned over to a poundkeeper who would provide sufficient enclosures for the animals.
According to the by-law, Ian Fraser would be poundkeeper with Millan MacPherson as alternate poundkeeper. The by-law also provides a fine schedule. There is a $200 penalty for failing to take immediate measures to prohibit animals from running at large and a $350 fine for anyone interfering with an officer or agent “in lawful exercise of powers or duties.”
There are $250 set fines for permitting an animal to run at large, for failing to provide proper measures to contain an animal, and for failing to keep enclosures in good repair.
GREENER GRASS: While the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence, these wandering animals may soon be corralled by North Glengarry bylaw enforcers when a new rule goes into effect.