Too many dogs
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Aug 20, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Too many dogs

Stratford Gazette

Re: Tired of smell and noise, couple ask for dog bylaw to be revised, news, July 31

I fully agree with Mr. Zelek on his point of excessive animals create excessive noise and smell within the City of Stratford. As a lifetime resident of Perth County, and a dog owner and former breeder of German shepherd dogs, Mr. Zelek is completely justified in reasoning that the excessive number of dogs in his neighbourhood creates a nuisance.

As a current kennel owner, I can attest to the restrictions of our Perth County animal control bylaws, having lived in all four counties in my life there are multiple restrictions in each.

Currently living in Perth South, we have a rural limit of three  dogs per household except in the case of a kennel, where we must have only purebreds (eligible for registration according to the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada) and there are certain zoning requirements and standards for kennels and their exercise yards.

Bylaws are put in place to protect the people of the city/township from excessiveness of any kind that may inhibit any other individuals from enjoying their own premises.

As a kennel owner, I work very hard at keeping my dogs and my boarders clean. Picking up several times a day and because of the concentration of dogs, all of my yards have a minimum of a foot of washed pea stone that allows the urine to drain and not be exposed to the air. All these measures keep my kennel clean and odour-free, and should be the minimum expected of anyone that owns multiple dogs, especially within the confines of a city or town.

And as for the noise, I also don’t appreciate the nuisance of barking dogs. I spend a considerable amount of time teaching my dogs not to bark without reason and even my regular boarders understand that it is not in their best interest to nuisance bark either. It can be done!

Maxine Watson

DaMax Kennels


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