What Dogs Are Banned In Victoria
Edward R. Forte
October 12, 2021
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A proposed bylaw change aimed at protecting birds would prevent dogs from being off leash on Gonzales Beach, where they’ve typically been allowed to be leash-free from Sept.In June, the Canadian Wildlife Service — a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada — told the city the beach falls within the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and is subject to federal regulations that prohibit pet owners from allowing dogs and cats to run free.While unleashed dogs are currently allowed on the beach from Sept.1 to May 31, dogs are banned completely during June, July and August.During the summer, when dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, she often walks Henry in Pemberton Park, an off-leash area about a kilometre from Gonzales Beach.She said she would probably end up driving to Dallas Road instead of walking a couple of minutes to a much quieter area at Gonzales Beach. .
Off-leash dogs to be banned at Gonzales Beach after city gets
Victoria councillors are moving forward with a bylaw change that will prohibit off-leash dogs on Gonzales Beach in order to align with federal regulations that supersede the city’s rules.In June, the Canadian Wildlife Service, a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada, told city council the beach falls within the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and is subject to federal regulations that prohibit pet owners from allowing dogs and cats to run free.“The reality is there are federal regulations and our bylaw is in conflict, so we have to change our bylaw to come into compliance with federal regulations,” she said.Zworski said there’s no obligation for the city to enforce its bylaw.The sanctuary is home to several species at risk, such as marbled murrelets, peregrine falcons and Pacific great blue herons, and is an important roosting and overwintering site for many migratory bird species, Environment and Climate Change Canada says. .
Victoria's puppy farms and pet shop laws a world first
The new laws aim to eliminate pet shops as a point of sale of puppies from large scale breeders, and promote the adoption of homeless dogs and cats to prospective pet owners.Many issues have been brought to light by animal welfare organisation Oscar’s Law, who have campaigned rigorously for amendments to companion animal breeding laws in Victoria and across the country.The legislation relies on halting the sale of animals in pet stores to decrease demand for dogs from the puppy mill trade.The 2020 introduction of a cap of 50 fertile females for breeders takes Victoria’s laws a step further.Problems with defining ‘puppy farms’ and ‘ethical’ breeding.While the RSPCA defines a puppy farm as “an intensive dog breeding facility…that fail to meet the dog’s behavioural, social and/or physiological needs,” the definition does not reflect the conditions of many businesses affected by the cap.While pet-loving communities worldwide are beginning to make efforts to stamp out cruel dog breeding trades and practices, measuring the outcome of Victoria’s policy - particularly the breeding dog cap - remains difficult. .
New laws making it easier for Victorian renters to have pets come
Long-awaited laws to make it easier for renters in Victoria to have a pet come into force on Monday, and long-term renters such as Hayden Cribb are standing by to submit their applications.“The changes have the potential to make a real difference to the number of dogs and cats surrendered to Victoria shelters, and keep more pets with their owners for life,” she said.They now have a dog and a cat with their landlord’s permission, but worry what would happen if they were forced to move.From Monday, renters will be able to fill in a form outlining the kind of pet they want and send it to their landlord, who will have 14 days to take it to the Victorian civil and administrative tribunal if they are opposed.The Real Estate Institute has long opposed the new pet laws and warned this week that they could result in “a spike in the number of pets surrendered or abandoned” in a few months, and overload the tribunal with landlords objecting to pet applications.Petra Elliott, who has been renting for 20 years and has had her cat for eight, said she had been waiting for the reforms to come through to find a new rental property.“I know so many people who have to take the day off work when they have a rental inspection to take the dog for a walk or cat for a drive so they are not discovered,” Elliott said. .
Australian State Bans “No-Pets” Policies in Rental Housing
The Australian state of Victoria has enacted important legislation to prohibit landlords from banning companion animals in rental housing.While tenants must obtain consent from their landlord to have a companion animal, they cannot refuse the request without reasonable cause.This legislation is important because blanket bans on companion animals in rental units — which are common — severely restrict access to housing, especially for lower income families and individuals.These policies contribute to the relinquishment of companion animals to shelter facilities where they face the stress of being separated from their families and may be killed if they are not adopted.In the U.S., landlords have full discretion to ban companion animals from their rental properties.These legal protections are important — and signal the importance of this issue from a civil rights and policy perspective — but they currently only apply in the narrow circumstance of assisted housing for elderly or disabled people.So why should people be required to pay additionally for a pet beyond an initial deposit?Critics of Oregon’s proposed legislation who otherwise agreed with its sentiment worried the prohibition on “pet rent” alone (rather than banning “no pets” clauses entirely) would lead more landlords to refuse to allow companion animals outright.Since it only prohibits breed and size discrimination in units that already allow dogs, more landlords may decide not to allow dogs at all (which is not prohibited by the current bill).Although many of us consider our companion animals to be family, the law still classifies them as property.This designation is problematic for many reasons, chief among them that it puts living, feeling beings in the same legal category as inanimate objects.This means that landlords cannot discriminate against potential tenants because they have children.So, although as a culture we increasingly think of our companion animals as family members, the law is inconsistent at best in recognizing this relationship — with significant harmful consequences for both companion animals and the people who care for them.However, in practice, the property classification acts as an obstacle to enacting broader legal protections for companion animals and their caregivers.Legislation like Victoria’s that remove barriers to rental housing for those who live with companion animals is important from a policy perspective.Blanket bans on companion animals and sweeping breed restrictions are ubiquitous in the U.S.And it is not only discriminatory rental housing policies that have a harmful effect.Domestic violence shelters, transitional housing, and facilities for people experiencing homelessness frequently prohibit companion animals.These policies force vulnerable people to choose between safe shelter and the animal who may be their only family.“It’s now much easier for rental tenants in Victoria to have pets.” Business Insider. .
Victoria County Animal Control
Victoria Animal Control responds to animal complaints in the City and County of Victoria.For bite incidents occurring after business hours or on weekends, please contact the Victoria Police Department at (361) 573-3221. .
Puppy farming banned in Victoria
The number of dogs that breeders are allowed to keep will be limited after a bill, championed by welfare group Oscar’s Law, passed on Friday in a tight upper house vote.Tranter said pet shops will now become adoption centres for rescue dogs, who will benefit from the changes.From April 2020 breeders will be able to keep a maximum of 50 fertile female dogs. .