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Lloydminster city council passes pet bylaw

Lloydminster City Council has approved a new pet bylaw.

The bylaw defines regulations and responsibilities for pet ownership within city limits.

The bylaw was presented to council once before, but was sent back to city administration for review, in response to complaints that the licensing fee was too high. Councilor Larry Sauer says it was important for council to take their time with the bylaw.

“When you do things, you want to make sure that you’re doing it right, and you have all the information, and you want to do what’s best for citizens, in particular those with animals,” Sauer said. “But also, keeping in mind a lot of complaints… dealing with both aspects in a fair way. So the recommended amount that now that we’re going for intact dogs, I feel is appropriate.

Regulations laid out in the law include a $60 licensing fee for intact dogs and cats, and $30 for animals that have been spayed or neutered. Other highlights include keeping animals on a leash when visiting public spaces, cleaning up all animal waste immediately, and all animals must be licensed by the time they are 6 months old.

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To see all regulations in the bylaw, go to lloydminster.ca/.

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