The City of Surrey has put together a new bylaw which will see tougher penalties for dangerous dog owners.
“A dangerous dog will now cost $500 in the city,” says Surrey Bylaws Manager Jas Rehal, adding the initiative gives the city another tool to prevent attacks.
“If the dog is aggressive, it’s going to have to be on a certain kind of leash, it’s going to have to be muzzled, it’s going to have to be handled in certain ways. We’re also going to really try to work with owners to try doing training and do other things with vets to try to deal with the behavior issue.”
Rehal says the update will allow the city to be proactive, which he says could cut down on the number of incidents.
“We’ve got two other categories now, aggressive and vicious dogs. And that is more for us to deal with behavioral issues before they get to the dangerous point. That’s giving our officers more tools and more powers to deal with dogs that are seen out there as being aggressive, but they actually haven’t done any physical attack yet.”
The old bylaw stated a dog would have to attack someone before it was deemed dangerous.
Rehal says he believes there about 35 dangerous dogs in Surrey, however, an investigation by CKNW has revealed there could be more than three times that many.
Tune in tomorrow at 5 a.m. for the full details on that investigation into dangerous dog breeds across Metro Vancouver.