Leaving a dog in a hot car is under no circumstance ever a good idea, but now the act of doing so will affect the wallets of people in Port Moody as well, thanks to a pair of bylaw amendments that were made by the city this week.
At the July 24, council meeting, council adopted amendments to Animal Control Bylaw No. 2677 and Municipal Ticket Information Authorization Bylaw No. 3044 at the July 24, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council.
Now, a first offence under either of the two new sections (5.6 and 5.7) of the Animal Control Bylaw carries a fine of $100. A second or subsequent offence carries a fine of $500.
“In the summer months, Bylaw Enforcement staff typically receive complaints from concerned citizens about dogs left in hot cars, but a gap in the Animal Control Bylaw meant the City was unable to impose a penalty on dog owners who put their pets at risk,” said Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay. “With these amendments, Bylaw Enforcement staff now have the ability to fine people who leave their dogs in hot cars or outdoors without shelter.”
Port Moody residents who see an animal that may be at risk due to inadequate protection from hot, cold or wet weather conditions are advised to contact Port Moody Police at 604-461-3456 (non-emergency line).
Once police officers have assessed the situation and ensured the safety of the animal in question, Port Moody Police will contact City of Port Moody Bylaw Enforcement. City staff will speak with police and the dog’s owner to determine if a fine is warranted.
“We hope this change will encourage dog owners to make the right choice and keep their pet safe from harm,” said Clay.