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Love ‘em and Leash ‘em – it’s the Law

Posted Friday, October 18, 2019

When you take your dog out, remember to bring a leash and a doggy bag. The RDNO’s Dog Control bylaw was recently updated and now requires owners to carry doggy bags with them and to leash their dogs whenever they are not on their property, in their homes, or in an off-leash designated park or area. This applies to Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, and Electoral areas B & C.

“For most dog owners, this will not be a new habit,” said Ashley Gregerson, Communications Officer, RDNO. “Most owners have already been leashing their dogs and picking up after them voluntarily. To make it a consistent behaviour, there are now bylaws in effect that clearly state what is required.”

“An unleashed dog can be incredibly friendly and still unintentionally hurt someone, like if a dog were to jump up to greet an elderly person or a child and knock them over. It’s really about having respect for the people and animals you’re sharing the path with,” said Gregerson.

Top 5 reasons to keep your dog on a leash:

  1. Not all people are dog people - A person may be distressed, uncomfortable, or afraid of a dog. Let’s be good neighbours and respect those who wish to keep their distance from dogs.
  2. Avoid Preventable Veterinary Bills - Leashing a dog is the best way to keep your dog from being sick or injured. Harmful plants or objects and contaminated water may pose a health or safety concern to unleashed dogs.
  3. Avoid Injuries - A dog could intentionally or unintentionally injure a person, including the elderly and children, another animal, or itself. Unleashed dogs can also run out into traffic.
  4. Protect the Environment - Leashing your dog can reduce disturbance to sensitive wildlife habitats and negative wildlife encounters.
  5. It's the Law - Outside of your home, property, and dog parks, your furry friend MUST be on a leash no longer than 2.4 metres if you're in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Electoral Areas B & C.