Fines to be issued as village continues to deal with loose, unleashed dogs

Joan LeBlanc
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PORT ELGIN, N.B. – After many months of dealing with dogs running loose, the Village of Port Elgin is taking steps to curtail the problem.

The Village of Port Elgin will shortly be issuing fines to dog owners who continue to let their dogs wander off of their properties at will or be walked in public areas without benefit of a solid leash.

At its Monday evening meeting council heard about complaints from many village residents who have said they are afraid to walk about the village when dogs are roaming freely.

“We are going to be issuing fines; there’s no other way to get people’s attention about this problem. In the past we’ve tried to be reasonable with people and it apparently hasn’t worked. And it doesn’t matter whether the dog is big or small, you never know when they might jump out at you. People shouldn’t be scared to just walk around the village; it’s not right,” said Mayor Judy Scott.

She noted that on a number of different occasions some village residents have been asked to keep their dogs on a solid leash or keep them in their own yards, but some have continued to ignore that request.

“We’ve already issued fines for this problem, and more will be issued shortly,” Scott said.

Port Elgin’s dog bylaw number 97-3, states in part, the following:  “The  owner of a dog commits an offense under this by-law if

                        (a) he permits his dog to run at large;

                        (b) he refuses or neglects to register his dog under section 3 of this by-law    or      

                        (c)  he refuses or neglects to attach and  keep attached a license tag to the collar of the dog when outside of the house;

                        (d)  he refuses or neglects to cause his dog to wear a collar at all times other than when it is in the kennel or residence;

                        (e)  he permits his dog to chase or run after pedestrians, automobiles, bicycles or motorcycles;

                        (f)  he permits his dog to bark incessantly so that annoyance is caused to the public….”

Geographic location: PORT ELGIN

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