New dog bylaw finalized

No specific breeds banned in municipality

By Katherine Murphy    
January 22 2020

GUYSBOROUGH – An updated bylaw concerning dogs is now in effect in the Municipality and District of Guysborough. The new rules remove reference to any specific dog breed and places the responsibility for the dog entirely on the owner.

“I think it’s a great bylaw,” said Warden Vernon Pitts following the regular meeting of council last Wednesday, where the bylaw had its final reading. He said it was high time the new bylaw was enacted.

“Previously, we had banned certain breeds. That’s not the proper way to do things. They only reflect what their owners allow them to do. They have to take responsibility for their pets.” Dog owners in violation of the new bylaw may face fines, animal confiscation or jail time.

In 2018, a Canso family signaled to the municipality that they would fight to keep their dog, whose breed was banned under a 2004 bylaw. Instead of a fight, council voted to send its dog bylaw to staff for review and recommendations for changes.