The BC SPCA is applauding a recent move by the City of Victoria to ensure animals are being cared for responsibly. The changes, which come by way of bylaw amendments, include new tethering restrictions, increased protections for animals against abuse and neglect, as well as new limits on the number of animals permitted on a property.
“The updates Victoria City Council has adopted are impressive, and align with our recommendations for responsible pet ownership. These changes not only advance animal welfare in the city, but improve public safety,” says Amy Morris, BC SPCA manager of public policy and outreach. “We now view Victoria as a leader in B.C., with some of the strongest municipal protections for pets in the province.”
With the adoption of these changes, dogs in Victoria cannot be kept tethered for more than four hours in a 24-hour period, and cannot be left tethered unattended for any period of time. Further, the new protections prevent any person from physically abusing or provoking an animal, and owners must ensure pets don’t endure unnecessary pain or suffering, including hypothermia, hyperthermia and dehydration. Finally, new pet limit restrictions include:
- A limit of six cats and/or dogs;
- A limit of four rabbits and/or guinea pigs;
- A maximum of 15 hens on a lot
The City of Victoria’s changes go into effect immediately.