Sunday November 14, 2010

City Hall News




he City is preparing to ratify amendments to the Animal Control and Licence Bylaw Acts Monday which include a hike in dog licencing and adoption fees.  The fee for a licence is currently set at $12 and come Jan.1 it goes up to $15.

All dogs under 6-months need to be licenced. The fee for a dog licence is currently set at $12 and come January 1 it goes up to $15. The City's licencing period runs from January 1 to December 31.

A $50 bump in adoption fees also on Jan. 1st. will make it more cost-prohibitive to families, so if you were thinking about about adopting a dog in the new year you might want to adjust your plans prior to the fee increase which goes from $150 to $200

Owners also can't have more than 5 pets in their home at any given time. This means that no more than 3 dogs or 3 cats are permitted. Only Hobby and breeding kennels, commercial kennels who have paid additional fees, pet stores and veterinary clinics are exempt.

Why don't cat owners have to licence their pets?

In an effort to control the feral cat population in Chilliwack, Ivanna Ferris, manager of the BC SPCA Chilliwack Branch told the Voice earlier this year that they are currently working on getting City Hall to have cat owners licence their pets.

When it comes to building a dog house, the City has set out shelter construction guidelines which say that it must be at least 1.8 metres high, have a solid floor and wire or steel mesh sides and be made so that the dog can't get out or young kids get in.

Is your dog a problem? The City defines a nuisance dog when it has been impounded 3 times in 2-years and the owner ticketed 3 times then you'll need to tack on $100 to your licence costs.

City Licence Fee Schedule


Fine Schedule


Pay the fine early save $10. Pay it late add $10


When it comes owning to exotic pets, City Hall has released an updated banned animals list so if you were thinking about getting an anteater or a hyena then you'll need to rethink that plan. The ban includes using exotic animals in shows, exhibitions or circus acts. Offences under this bylaw carry fines from $500 to $10,000


The list of prohibited pets are as follows;

  1. Non-human Primates (such as gorillas and monkeys)

  2. Felids, except domesticated cats

  3. Canis, except dogs

  4. Ursids (bears)

  5. Elephants

  6. Pinnipedia (such as seals, fur seals and walruses)

  7. Crocodilians (such as alligators and crocodiles)

  8. Marsupials (such as kangaroos and opossums)

  9. Venomous snakes

  10. Venomous or poisonous reptiles

  11. Venomous or poisonous arachnids (scorpions)

  12. Snakes, except those designated as wildlife by provincial enactment

  13. Ungulates, except domestic horses, mules, asses, goats, sheep, pigs, cattle

  14. Hyaenas

  15. Mustelines (such as skunks, weasels, otters and badgers)

  16. Procvonidae (such as raccoons and coatis)

  17. Edentates (such as anteaters, sloths and armadillos)

  18. Viverrines (such as mongooses, civets and genets)



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