Stray Animals Act

Res #: 13-05M
Number: 13
Year: 2005
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No

Resolution No. 13-05M

WHEREAS, there is a problem in some areas of the province with some domesticated animals escaping from the premises of their owners; and

WHEREAS, these stray animals may cause damage to the property of people other than their owners, and also pose a hazard to motor vehicles traveling on rural highways, especially at night; and

WHEREAS, The Stray Animals Act does not provide a sufficient deterrent to irresponsible livestock owners to keep their fences in good condition to prevent their animals from roaming at large;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Stray Animals Act be amended to provide for higher pound fees, and a fine, which increases with each offence, for neglecting to keep their animals confined; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the RCMP be asked to investigate and lay charges for infractions of the Provincial law.

Response from the Honourable Mark Wartman, Minister of Agriculture and Food:

SAF has been developing options to address the need for higher fees and fines related to capture, impounding and disposal of valueless animals. When a full list of regulatory options has been completed, SAF will be able to meet with SARM representatives for their feedback. Following this meeting, SAF can proceed with the required regulatory drafting process.