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Surrey Strengthens Dog Responsibility By-law

Dogs playing in a dog park

June 25, 2014

Surrey, BC - Dog owners and individuals who leave their dogs in hot vehicles or loose in the back of pickup trucks can now be fined $500 for those offenses. City Council has approved recommendations to amend Surrey’s Dog Responsibility By-law to allow By-law Enforcement Officers and Animal Control Officers to issue tickets directly to individuals who violate the “Care of Dogs” section of the by-law.

The proposed amendments will provide enforcement officers greater latitude in relation to enforcement actions associated with the Dog Responsibility By-law. The ability to proceed with long form charges through the Court will also remain an option where circumstances warrant such an approach.

“Recent tragedies have reminded us of the importance of being diligent in caring for our animals,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “These amendments will give our By-law and Animal Control Officers the tools to effectively and expediently address the negligent treatment of dogs.”

“Temperatures in vehicles can rise to dangerous levels very rapidly in the summer season, posing a serious risk to dogs that may be in them. We want to encourage pet owners to be mindful of this while enjoying the warm summer season with their pets in Surrey,” added Mayor Watts.

While animals cannot be removed from a vehicle by By-law Enforcement Officers under any circumstances; such powers reside with the BC SPCA’s Animal Protection Officers or the RCMP, they can now issue stronger fines to any violator.

The Dog Responsibility By-law addresses a range of issues relating to the keeping of dogs including:

  • Adequate ventilation must exist anywhere a dog is confined, such as in a vehicle;
  • Dogs must be transported in a safe manner which prevents their injury.
  • Dogs cannot be tied up wearing a choke collar; and 
  • Dogs cannot spend more than 4 hours per 24 hour period tethered;

The most recent amendment to this by-law is expected to be adopted and enacted at the July 7, 2014 Council Meeting. View the related Corporate Report for more information.

For media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
604.375.4584

For program information:

Jas Rehal
Manager, By-law Enforcement & Licensing
City of Surrey
604.591.4013