Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
City by-law manager Ron Bourret.
The city shouldn't limit the amount of pets a person can have administration says.
Along with an overview of Animal Services, an information-only report to city council Monday night highlighted problems cities with pet limits have. Administration found that the law is arbitrary, hurts rescue shelters and is difficult to enforce. City by-law manager Ron Bourret said it also hurts those people who keep multiple pets with no issues. It's unfair to target everyone.
"Why should they be impacted?" he said.
In most cases where problems arise, Bourret said there are underlying mental health factors. It's one of the reasons the city now has a hoarding committee, which includes social workers and emergency services officials, to help.
"Let's deal with the sick people," he said.
Bourret said the city will start with humane care issues, of which there were 11 cases last year. According to the report, of the 2,782 calls to Animal Services last year nearly 800 were for confined animals.
City council also heard that administration is looking to hand out $250 fines for people caught smoking in prohibited areas like the hospital property, beaches and playgrounds. While mainly complaint driven, by-law enforcement officers would be able to ticket people when caught.