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Taylor animal control reviewed

Mayor Rob Fraser says council will review its animal control bylaw after residents complained last month about stray cats and dogs defecating on their lawns and gardens.
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District of Taylor municipal hall.

Mayor Rob Fraser says council will review its animal control bylaw after residents complained last month about stray cats and dogs defecating on their lawns and gardens.

Shauna Rattray and Tiara Clemen both wrote to council July 10 demanding action for the ongoing issue. “As a life time resident of Taylor, I've always taken pride in my yard and community,” they wrote. “Nothing more discouraging then finding animal feces in the garden, food source and yard where my children play bare feet.”

Fraser says council doesn’t have an immediate solution, but will add the issue to its ongoing core service review.

“We’re not going to deal with it immediately, but I will be writing a letter to let them know that council has seen some gaps in our animal control bylaw," Fraser said.

The district received 28 dog at large complaints in 2019, and one for an animal attack.

The current bylaw gives the district power to remove problem dogs from the community if it has been impounded three or more times in a year, or if a dog owner has been issued a violation notice under the bylaw at least three times in a year.

The bylaw doesn’t address cats, but Fraser said council will consult with neighbouring communities such as Dawson Creek to review its options.

“Our plan is to review what other communities are doing, though I know from experience that a lot of people having difficulties trying to deal with cats,” Fraser said. “Dawson Creek put a cat bylaw in, so we’ll reach out to them and see how they’re doing.” 

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca