Allow for three dogs
I have been following the three-dog issue and decided it was time for a response.
With respect to people registering their third dog, only to find they can’t. If city council thinks these people didn’t realize the limit and got rid of the third dog, city council would be wrong.
I have lived in several neighbourhoods in Kamloops with people who have three dogs.
There have not been problems with any of those households.
City council is missing the point that people can move from other places where three dogs are allowed, only to find themselves in a position where they are allowed only two.
They end up not licensing any of their dogs. This isn’t the solution, either.
People who have encountered “problem” neighbours are the most vocal here. I think most people would agree the problem lies with dog owners. There are bylaws in place for dogs excessively that bark and that wander around neighbourhoods.
That isn’t acceptable, whether it is one dog or three dogs.
The bylaw needs to be changed to allow for three dogs, with the third dog costing more to licence.
Hopefully, with the excess revenue dog licenses bring in, we can have more enforcement of bylaw officers.