Residents offer opinions on ‘urban agriculture’, stray cats in feedback on pet bylaw

The city of Calgary is seeking public input on a new pet bylaw, which will address stray cats, among other issues.

The City of Calgary rolled out the second phase of public engagement Tuesday as part of a review of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw.

In February,

the first round of surveys was sent out to Calgarians

in an effort to gauge their opinions on the effectiveness of the bylaw and to offer any suggested changes or additions.

The six areas of focus the review is looking at are: wildlife in Calgary, feral, stray and roaming cats, urban agriculture, vicious dogs, licensing and administration which includes off-leash dog parks, public spaces and what is deemed to be a responsible number of pets in a household.

“Some mentioned cats in terms of the impact it might have on local wildlife or damage on their personal property,” Jennifer Lawlor with the City of Calgary said of responses from the first round of engagement. “With urban agriculture they’re really looking at what rules are needed to be in place for them to feel safe with urban agriculture in their neighbourhood,” she said.

Lawlor added respondents mentioned a concern about vicious dogs, of which there are 12 individual animals classified that way in the city, the expectations of owners as far as leash lengths, signage in yards and muzzles when walking in public.

Outcomes of the second phase of public engagement will be posted to the city’s website in October. In the first quarter of 2021 the information accumulated will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services and then presented to council for consideration.

Calgarians have until Sept. 17 to

visit the city’s website and offer their feedback for phase two

.

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