Proposed Fee Adjustments for the Cold Lake Animal Care and Control Bylaw

The City of Cold Lake administration has undertaken a review of the animal care and control ordinance.

COLD LAKE –The City of Cold Lake administration has undertaken a review of the animal care and control ordinance. This assessment aims to compare the city’s planning of licensing and maintenance fees to those established by neighboring municipalities across the province.

Research revealed that the current fees outlined in the regulation are significantly lower compared to similar fees set by other municipalities in Alberta.

The intent behind the proposed adjustment is to reflect current operating costs and encourage responsible pet ownership practices.

“All of these amendments are being introduced to address some of the concerns and issues that exist within the community, as well as in Alberta and across Canada, related to animal overpopulation in animal shelters, as well as some of the increased need for animal responsibility and pet ownership within the community,” said Kristy Isert, general manager of corporate services for the City of Cold Lake, during the Nov. 21 council meeting.

There has been an alarming trend of overcrowding in animal shelters across Canada. This crowding has affected Lakeland, including Cold Lake and its environs, including Cold Lake. The inability to secure shelter spaces for stray animals and animal surrenders has led the administration to propose measures aimed at increasing responsible animal ownership within the community, according to the City of Cold Lake.

The administration has created Regulation No. 817-PL-23 with a specific focus on amending the Animal Care and Control Regulation by proposing fee adjustments. By-law No. 817-PL-23 was read at its original sitting during the regular council meeting held on October 24th. Looking ahead, the administration strongly encourages the council to plan for the second and third readings of Regulation No. 817-PL-23. These readings are key to making amendments to Regulation No. 755-PL-22, the foundational document governing the care and control of animals within the jurisdiction.

Isert highlighted the expected fee adjustments if the proposed changes are approved, saying, β€œThe city’s base animal license fee is increasing from $40 to $75, and that applies to non-spayed and non-neutered animals, as well as spayed and A $20 neutered license is proposed to go up to $30 and the $50 fattened animal license fee is increased by $250.”

He adds, “We recommend increasing the Animal Care and Control Center fees from the first day of $50 to $60 and then each day after that from $20 to $30 per day.”

This approach aims to encourage responsible pet ownership by making licensing fees particularly higher for unspecified animals. The financial difference between fixed and unfixed animal licensing fees encourages pet owners to choose veterinary services to spay or neuter their pets.

This practice, adopted by several municipalities, seeks to limit unintentional littering and backyard breeding programs, thereby reducing the stray animal population.

This initiative serves to reduce various issues such as animal injuries, property damage and disease spread and reduces the burden on animal shelters.

The increased pound keeping fees are intended to encourage pet owners to secure their pets on their property or tie them up when they leave their premises. In this way, operational costs at the ACCC can be effectively managed, thereby reducing the burden on taxpayers to offset these costs, according to the council.

The council approved a motion to revise the adjusted fees, that decision is scheduled to consider the second and third readings of the bylaw in the coming weeks.

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