The dog days of council are gone.
After countless Kamloops council meetings saw variance applications from residents seeking permission to have more than two dogs, council has empowered city staff to deal with the issue and keep it out of council chambers.
Calling the current process “inefficient”, city acting bylaw services manager Tammy Blundell said 31 of 32 applications that went to council, asking for permission to keep three dogs, were approved.
The city’s dog responsibility and control bylaw limits Kamloops residences to two dogs, though Blundell said blended families, families new to town or kids moving home are reasons why dog owners request variances to the rule.
A city report noted that over the last nine years, “the process used to approve applications has become inefficient and provides less-than-ideal customer service.”
On Tuesday, council voted 7-2 in favour of authorizing an updated version of the variance application and dog bylaw, with councillors Arjun Singh and Denis Walsh opposed. The two councillors tried and failed to make amendments that would have required letters be sent to neighbours.
Mayor Ken Christian, however, reminded residents: “Just to be clear, it’s not open season for dogs.”