New dog bylaw gets first reading

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough is making good on its commitment to modernize its dog bylaw with first reading of a new bylaw at last Wednesday's monthly meeting.

"I think it's a great bylaw," Warden Vernon Pitts said to council before an unanimous vote to move it forward in the review and adoption process.

The current bylaw, adopted in 2004, states that any owner of a "fierce or dangerous" dog is guilty of an offence. It lists certain breeds as within that category, including Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers "or any dog of mixed breeding which includes any breeds on the list.”

After the meeting, Warden Pitts said he thinks the new bylaw will be very well received.

"We've been working on this for years and so obviously it's good to get something on paper now."

The new bylaw will have second and third readings at the December meeting of council.