The City of Fernie is promoting their new modernized Animal Responsibility Bylaw No. 2436, 2021 that was adopted June 14th, 2021.

The NEW Bylaw promotes responsible, courteous pet ownership and behaviours. The Bylaw was based on the BC SPCA’s model bylaws and has a tiered, progressive approach towards aggressive, vicious, and dangerous dogs. The Bylaw is designed to better protect the citizens, wildlife, and animals of our beloved community.

City of Fernie Bylaw Enforcement Officer Camille Neal said, “This modernized Animal Responsibility Bylaw includes regulations that help to better protect the welfare of our community’s animals and hold dog owners more accountable for preventing aggressive incidents. It also helps promote a more thoughtful and considerate approach to sharing the community’s trails, parks, and open spaces so that all members of the community can enjoy everything Fernie has to offer.”

Mayor Ange Qualizza added, “Reporting incidents is critical to the success of this new program and will help keep our community better protected. So don’t hesitate to report; it’s important that we work together to make our trails and parks safe for everyone.”

For detailed information on the new bylaw, including licensing fees, infractions, and fines, please go to the City of Fernie website or call city hall at 250-423-2244.

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