The following update on Flamborough resident’s Animal Control By-law concerns – sent from City Staff
Re: Update and Next Steps on the Development of the Harmonized Animal Control By-law
Over the last several months we have received a large number and wide variety of responses regarding the Harmonized Animal Control By-law. Approximately 200 people attended a number of meetings and 140 individual submissions were received as a result of the request for written public input at the end of 2009. We recognize that this is a complex issue that impacts all members of the public at different levels and, as anticipated, one that generates diverse opinions and theories.
What we did not anticipate were a number of very specialized concerns and interest groups that this By-law would impact. In the interest of due diligence and long-term planning we are holding off on the presentation to Council of the By-law until we are better able to understand and address these specific gaps. Additional time is also required to provide the new Chief Executive Officer of the SPCA with an opportunity to review the recommendations and discuss with his staff and subsequently Animal Control. To ensure adequate time to address these new issues, the Harmonized Animal Control By-law will not be presented to Council until early 2011.
During our public consultation process we discovered a number of unknown and very specific concerns including how the revised By-law would impact specialized groups such as vet clinics, pet shop owners, reptile associations, animal rescue groups, farming communities, neighbouring communities (i.e. Burlington and St. Catharines), environmental groups, and various private sector businesses. As a result we are extending the consultation process to these specialized groups in order to accommodate further in-depth consultation so we that we can sufficiently review their feedback and concerns and ensure these perspectives are addressed in the By-law. Although the official consultation with individual members of the public is finished, we are extending an invitation to those individuals who previously submitted comments and wanted to provide any additional feedback or information. Staff will also be receiving input through meetings that are arranged by Councillors. Please note that we will be accepting additional individual feedback from individuals who previously submitted comments via email or regular mail. On March 23, 2010 a recommendation noting the revised timeline for the draft By-law was presented at the Economic Development and Planning Committee meeting. This meeting was not part of the public consultation, it was only a presentation summarizing the above information and recommending clarity on a few additional issues.
We appreciate the public’s interest, feedback, and research they have provided. This information is important in developing a customized approach for animal control in Hamilton and one that can be effectively managed. We will continue to provide regular updates that will be available online at www.hamilton.ca/animalcontrol and will notify the public of the 2011 meeting dates when the By-law will be presented. Any questions about this process please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905- 574-3433.
Program Development Officer
City of Hamilton
Animal Control Services
Parking & By-law Services, Planning & Economic Development
phone: (905) 574-3433 fax: (905) 546-4044
247 Dartnall Road, Hamilton ON L8W 3V9 e-mail: email@example.com