The City of Duncan has made several big changes to a bylaw dealing domestic animals and pets.

The Animal Regulation and Impounding Bylaw was put together by the BC SPCA, Coastal Animal Services and the City.

BC SPCA policy and outreach officer Amy Morris says the goal is to create more humane environments for animals by making sure owners are responsible.

She says the bylaw will keep people in check because fines can be enforced, which helps resolve some tricky cases that where a problem in the past.

Notable changes to the bylaw include:

– A limit on the number of companion animals that can be kept on a single lot

– A section related to prohibited animals

– A section on animal welfare which includes provisions related to: animal cruelty, basic animal care requirements, outdoor shelter requirements, sanitation requirements, tying of animals, transporting animals in motor vehicles, and exercising dogs from a motor vehicle or bicycle

– Guidelines for animals in public places

– A section related to identification for the keeping of cats

– Prohibitions on feeding wildlife

– Banning wolf‐dog or wolf‐dog hybrids

– Additional requirements for owners of aggressive dogs