Thursday, November 17, 2016

MEMBERTOU, CAPE BRETON NS CANADA - AFTER A VICIOUS ATTACK BY A PIT BULL ON AN ELDER AND HER GRANDCHILD IN 2009, A PIT BULL BAN WENT INTO EFFECT THAT IS STILL WORKING FOR THEM!

The Membertou band council sought a change to the 1997 animal control bylaw following a pit bull attack on an elder and her grandchild on Membertou Street in 2009.

“There were several instances of close calls but I think that particular incident in broad daylight right in the middle of our main street in Membertou … unprovoked, was bad,” Membertou senior adviser Dan Christmas said Wednesday.
A clause was grandfathered into the amendment of the bylaw in 2010 to allow anyone currently owning a pit bull to keep the dog, he said.
However, the owners of pit bulls were expected to pay to have their dogs implanted with microchip identification.
Now, there are no pit bulls left in the community, Christmas said.
If a pit bull is found on the First Nation it could bring its owner a maximum fine of $1,000.
The changes to the bylaw also included a limit of no more than two adult dogs per dwelling.
Despite that change, the issue of stray dogs persists, he said.
“We’re always working with the SPCA to make sure they do regular patrols, and come during different hours of the day or week.
"We still have stray dogs but fortunately they're not pit bulls." 
Membertou awarded the Cape Breton SPCA with the animal control contract in 2013 after the band created a part-time job to enforce the bylaw but no one showed interest in it.
The top fine for troublesome canines is $307.50, which could be handed out to dog owners who fail to keep a "villainous dog" tethered or in a restricted area.

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