Christi Wright, a spokeswoman for United for Paws, speaks to North Cowichan’s council on the municipality’s animal bylaws on April 4. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

North Cowichan considers revising animal bylaws after spate of animal cruelty cases

Updated bylaw expected to deal with abuse and neglect

The animal bylaws in North Cowichan are expected to be revised and updated after a staff report is prepared.

Council asked staff to prepare a report at its meeting on April 4 on the municipality’s bylaws pertaining to neglect and cruelty of animals after a delegation from the recently formed United for Paws group spoke.

Spokeswoman Christi Wright said United for Paws would like to see guidelines laid out in a revised bylaw as to what is expected of an animal owner.

“We would like to see that appropriate fines are levied and immediate action taken to ensure that animals suffer as little as possible in North Cowichan,” she said to council.

“We also recommend that education be provided to the public on the proper care for animals.”

North Cowichan Mayor John Lefebure invited United for Paws to make a presentation at the council meeting after the group sponsored a well-attended meeting in Duncan on March 25 to address animal cruelty and neglect in the Cowichan Valley.

The meeting was called after a series of animal cruelty incidents, including the case of Teddy the dog who was neglected so badly that he died soon after being rescued on Feb. 16.

Currently, the City of Duncan is the only jurisdiction in the Cowichan Valley that has bylaws dealing with neglect and cruelty to animals.

“SPCA officials who were at the meeting (on March 25) complimented the City of Duncan for its animal bylaws and I want staff to look at that,” Lefebure said.

Coun. Kate Marsh suggested that the Cowichan Valley Regional District should also be provided with information on the issue.

Lefebure, who is also chairman of the CVRD, said the regional district is considering updating its animal bylaws as well and Wright and United for Paws will be invited to speak to the board.

Cowichan Tribes has also recently announced it is working to update its animal bylaws.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Crofton man’s quest for dinosaurs proves to be a costly venture

Flurry of interest sends prices at online auction through the roof

Peacekeepers’ Day a national observance of faithful missions

Aug. 9 the date of nine Canadian lives lost while flying over Syria

Exhibit showcases one side of artist’s wide-ranging personality

Skagfeld takes something from all of her life experiences

Groundbreaking conducted Friday for new RCMP facility

Fall 2022 the target for completion of construction

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Most Read