This must be the work of malicious cat owners

I think if we were to run a check on the backgrounds of all the members of Sechelt city council, we’d find it unfairly stacked with cat lovers.  I can’t think of any other reason for this draconian bylaw that would criminalize dogs who chase squirrels, rats and seagulls:

Sechelt dogs that “without provocation” chase any animal — be it a rat, squirrel, seagull, bear or cougar — would violate a dog licensing and control amendment bylaw that passed three readings at the Dec. 16 council meeting.

The first draft of the bylaw, prepared by District of Sechelt staff, would only have stopped dogs from chasing, biting or attacking domesticated animals. But at committee of the whole Dec. 9, Coun. Keith Thirkell suggested expanding the bylaw to include wild animals and birds as well. Thirkell argued that this would bring it in line with provincial and federal legislation that protects various wild animals, including migratory birds and endangered species.

What’s “provocation”?  A dog doesn’t need much provocation to start chasing something — motion of any kind usually does the trick, never mind the spastic little darts and twitches that characterize a rodent on the move.  Expecting a dog to hold back under such circumstances is tantamount to animal cruelty.   I mean, really… dogs gotta chase.

16 Responses to “This must be the work of malicious cat owners”


  1. 1 sassy Monday, December 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Sechelt city council – too much time, too little grey matter. What’s really needed is a by-law preventing asinine by-laws.

  2. 2 JJ Monday, December 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    sassy

    too much time, too little grey matter

    Too many cat lovers! ;)

  3. 3 Rob Monday, December 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Bring it in line with federal and provincial laws to protect … migratory birds?!?!?

    Would these be the same birds that the feds permit me to Shoot to death with a shotgun every fall (much more fun than grocery shopping)? What the hell is that guy talking about, I even have my dog go get them when they fall in water. I smell some sort of hidden agenda, most likely pro-cat. I think a kit-napping is in order to right the situation. One cat will be used in a hound race every hour until dumbasses with too much time on their hands and too many dreams of controlling the population stop being dickheads. Some burglar is going to make a mint after getting bit up during a B&E because of that law.

    O well, I’m glad I live on the other side of the rockies….well, i guess its all going to hell everywhere come to think of it.

    Happy New Year all

  4. 4 deBeauxOs Monday, December 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Hey, I’m a cat lover and I know that some of them are vicious hunters – and killers! – of endangered bird species.

    Though I still think it’s the humans who own the dogs who do harm that should be held accountable for their canine companions’ actions. Would that be effective?

  5. 5 hemmingforddogblog Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Agree with Sassy. These people have way too much time on their hands. BTW, this may be a civil rights violation, if it applies only to dogs and not cats. :) I can’t remember my dog (an alleged retriever) ever bringing me one of the aforementioned animals. My cat, on the other hand regularly brings me mice, birds, chipmunks and the occasional rabbit.

    If the dogs are chasing the seagulls, they are doing everyone a favour! Sheesh…

  6. 6 Janus Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Seagulls are actually a protected species by federal law, and causing them harm is a pretty seriously regarded crime.

    I have some friends who work at airports as animal control officers, keeping birds off the runways and clear of jet engines. They carry special federal licenses, allowing them to kill one seagull per day.

    As for the rest of it, I don’t think much will come of it unless and until they get specific with the definition of “provocation.” I mean, are they gonna pass laws against squirrels provoking dogs by running in front of them?

    Sechelt is on the oceanfront, right? Anybody else think the salt air might have gotten to some peoples’ wiring?

  7. 7 RealityBites Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Don’t leash laws pretty much take care of this anyway?

    If an animal comes into an area where dogs are allowed off-leash it deserves what it gets (generally an impromptu exercise session.)

    I knew a dog (not mine) who felt it was his duty to protect the park from migratory birds. Whenever birds passed overhead in V-formation he would bark at them until they passed.

    Needless to say he had a 100% success rate and was therefore a very fulfilled dog, unlike those fools who actually try to catch things.

  8. 8 smelter rat Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11:25 am

    They might as well pass a law forbidding the sun to rise in the east.

  9. 9 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Rob

    I smell some sort of hidden agenda, most likely pro-cat.

    Absolutely right! Pro-cat extremists are weaseling their way into the corridors of power… wait til they get to Ottawa :shock:

  10. 10 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    deBeauxOs

    Though I still think it’s the humans who own the dogs who do harm that should be held accountable for their canine companions’ actions.

    Generally that can be accomplished without another dumb law. Around here, if a dog gets into the garbage or injures a cat, we just show up at the dog owner’s door and deal with it, extract payment for the vet or whatever. I have to admit I’m quite mystified by the notion that bringing uninvolved 3rd parties (ie. the government) into it would be any more effective than direct action.

  11. 11 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    SQ – For sure, my cats have killed more wildlife over the years than any of my dogs. One of my dogs killed a squirrel once (and ate it, ew), but the cats are constantly bringing me little “presents”. Sometimes just the guts, ewwww.

  12. 12 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Janus

    I mean, are they gonna pass laws against squirrels provoking dogs by running in front of them?

    That’s the thing, how do they define “provocation”? To some dogs, an old newspaper blowing down the street is provocation. You can’t blame them for their chase reflex clicking in when they see a squirrel spazzing around right in front of them.

  13. 13 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    RB

    Needless to say he had a 100% success rate and was therefore a very fulfilled dog, unlike those fools who actually try to catch things.

    :lol: Good one. Sometimes dogs know better than to chase something.

    Sometimes my cats will invade the dog’s food dish, and the dog will see what’s happening and bark at them to make them go away, but that’s all she’ll do. She’s learned through horrible experience that chasing them never ends well.

  14. 14 JJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    smelter rat — Right, or a law forbidding them to wag their tails. These are clearly people who don’t have enough to do.

  15. 15 Bleatmop Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    WAT???!?!? I’m shocked and appalled!!@!!one1! If anything, every session of government at all levels should be mandated to have a 50% + 1 majority of cat lovers!!@#!D!~

    Gah! Kittehs rules, Dogs drool!!! :D :)

  16. 16 RealityBites Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Sebastien is also quite fulfilled as he doesn’t want to catch anything, he just wants to chase them.

    The one time he did catch something (a squirrel had nothing to climb and hid in a cinder block with its tail hanging out, the poor terrified thing) he sat there and whined at it because it wouldn’t play the chasing game anymore.

    With all the thousands of years of breeding on his border collie and German shepherd side, he has no concept that the real idea behind chasing things is to kill and eat them.


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