New by-law offers limited cat control
Saint John Common Council has approved a new five-year dog control contract with the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue (SPCAAR).
Council also passed a resolution to approve the Dog Control By-law, which focuses on dog control and allows for limited cat control.
The contract and by-law change were passed at the September 24 meeting of council. The by-law change is effective immediately. The contract is effective October 1, 2012.
Under the terms of the contract the SPCAAR will provide full dog control service and respond to calls including:
• dog running at large
• dog bites and attempted bites
• poop and scoop violations
• diseased / injured dogs
The new contract allows for extended service hours -- 8 am until 8 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The SPCAAR will provide after-hours service for emergencies only.
Under the new by-law, cat licenses are no longer required and the City will no longer respond to reports of stray or missing cats, or provide for their care. This means that the SPCAAR will no longer be responsible for providing this service on the City’s behalf. However, the dog control officer may seize a stray cat if it is diseased and/or injured to such an extent that euthanasia is the only humane option.
The SPCAAR will also administer the dog licensing program including:
• prepare and implement a plan to increase the dog licensing program;
• prepare and deliver a series of public awareness sessions;
• record and track all dog control information in a web-based database developed by the City; and,
• complete annual performance reviews.
For the service, the City will pay: $80,000 plus hst for years one, two and three; $82,000 plus hst in year four; and $84,050 plus hst in year five. SPCAAR will retain license revenues, impounding and boarding fees. The City will also provide an $18,080 grant for the demolition of all buildings at the previous shelter property on Taylor Ave.
“We are thrilled to be signing this contract,” states Melody McElman, President of the SPCAAR. “The board and staff look forward to working with the city on animal welfare.”
Dog licenses are available at the SPCCAR headquarters on Bayside Drive, at local veterinary hospitals or on the 10th floor of City Hall.
To report any concerns about dogs, call the dog control line at 633-1228.