City of Penticton limits number of pets to six per residence – Okanagan

A rule change in Penticton, BC has resulted in a significant adjustment for animal lovers in the South Okanagan town.

This week, the city council changed its animal control regulationsa decision that has been ongoing since 2021. Part of the amendment included a limit on the number of dogs, cats, and rabbits now allowed in each residence.

This limit: maximum three dogs, maximum five cats and maximum five rabbits, but no more than six animals in total in a residence.

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In a presentation to council, By-Law Services said the city has no by-laws in place regarding cats, rabbits, bees or chickens.

“So the intent was to start educating and enforcing more responsible animal ownership overall,” City Services Manager Tina Mercier told council on Tuesday.

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Council was advised that there will be some exceptions that will fall under provincial jurisdiction, such as deer, raccoons and urban rodents.

Councilor Amelia Boultbee asked how the by-law established the maximum number of pets per residence. Council was told that the bylaw looked at other communities and what they allowed.

“When we looked at other communities, some had a limit of, waiting where you were going, three dogs, five dogs,” Bigg said.


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“We’ve had situations with cats where … we had no regulations. So you could have 50 cats. We had bunnies jumping on the road. We have no regulations. »

Bigg went on to say that they looked at everything – the area, the population, the noise – and against other regulations they found a maximum of six pets.

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The report to council says the city’s dog control program is currently in deficit ($29,817 in 2021), but operating costs have increased.

Board decision on by-law amendment can be viewed online. The vote was 6-1 in favor, Councilor James Miller voting against.


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