Col­lar­ing loose an­i­mals

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

RICHARD MA­HONEY PHOTO

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.

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