Municipality adds “doggie bag” dispensers to encourage pet cleanliness, responsibility
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout says they’re overwhelmed by the positive responses from the community after installing “doggie bag” dispensers around town.
“The idea to implement the “doggie bags” was generated by the Municipality’s new Recreation & Culture Manager, Mr. Rick Ladouceur. Upon his hiring, he met with a variety of staff and community stakeholder groups, along with touring the community and familiarizing himself with the areas of responsibility of the Recreation & Culture Department (including parks and gardens).
“One of several new initiatives that Rick has already gotten underway is the introduction of the pet waste collection bags. The response to the installation of the “doggie bag” dispensers has been overwhelming. The community appears to be very pleased with this enhancement,” explained Municipal clerk Brian MacKinnon.
The Municipality said they’re continuing to monitor the specific placement of garbage bins and cans throughout the town.
“It is necessary to find a balance between the costs (purchase and maintenance/collection of refuse) and benefits of waste receptacles. It is the Municipality’s goal to ensure the strategic placement of waste receptacles throughout the community,” said MacKinnon.
Not only is the Municipality reminding the public to clean up after their pets, they’re also reminding residents to be responsible for the care, and whereabouts, of their pets.
The Municipality said pets must be under the care and control of their owner at all times.
“The Municipality’s Animal Control By-law (By-law No. 50-06, available online here: http://ow.ly/CmUy30kWMiV) prohibits pet owners from allowing their pets to run at large (Section 6 of the By-law). If an animal is reported to be running at large, the Municipality’s Animal Control Officer may seize the animal and place it the Municipality’s Pound. The pet owner would then be responsible for any impoundment fees, along with a fine of $100, before his/her pet would be released,” MacKinnon explained.
For more information on local bylaws, the Municipality invites people to see the Getting to Know Your Local By-laws series on their various social media platforms. The series covers topics like pet control and proper waste disposal. All the series’ messages are available on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/municipalitysiouxlookout/.