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Monday November 25th, 2013

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File photo of an abused dog, Wilson

Essex Town Council has passed a bylaw to make the town more pet-friendly and make pet owners more responsible.

The Animal Care and Control By-law, which was passed at the November 18th town council meeting, now makes it an offence to chain or tether an animal for more than 12 hours a day, to drive with a dog loose in the back of a pick up truck or to leave an animal in a vehicle when it’s too hot or too cold.

“This consolidated by-law will help to ensure that animals are treated humanely and kept safely sheltered in clean and sanitary conditions.” says Donna Hunter, Director of Corporate Services for the town. “The Town of Essex strives to be a pet-friendly community.”

The Humane Society is also applauding the decision to create the bylaw.

Humane Society Executive Director Melanie Coulter says “The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society congratulates the Town of Essex for taking such positive steps to make Essex a better community for animals.

“We hope that other municipalities follow Essex’s lead and implement similar measures in their town.”

Violators can be expected to be fined a minimum of $200 for keeping pets in a vehicle during poor weather conditions, a minimum of $200 for driving with a pet not appropriately restrained in the back of a pick up, and a minimum of $250 for keeping a pet on a tether or chain for more than 12 hours.

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