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Updated: Thu, 16 May 2013 19:51:03 GMT | By CBC News,

Dozens of Yellowknifers voice opinions on proposed dog bylaw

Dozens of Yellowknifers voice opinions on proposed dog bylaw

Dozens Yellowknifers gathered Thursday at City Hall to have their say on the proposed new dog bylaw.

Former mayor Dave Lovell said it’s obvious that a change needs to happen.

"I'm getting tired of cleaning up after other people's dogs. It gives my dogs a bad name," he said.

Some say the current bylaw is too vague.

The new bylaw would make it mandatory for dog owners to carry bags to pick up after their pet. It also makes having a dog loose in the back of a moving truck an offence.

A first offence is a $100 fine, and a second offence costs $200.

The city is taking stock of public opinion with an online survey on whether to limit the number of dogs a person can own.

"Then we have to look at all the different suggestions what would ultimately be the best for the residents. So it will be a tough task, but I think all of this input is really going to help us to find what that result should be," said city councillor Bob Brooks.

Some councillors said they have received numerous emails from concerned community members. City staff will sift through those concerns and suggestions, and provide councillors with an update at an upcoming municipal services committee.

From there, it is up to city councillors to make the final decision.

Many people wanted to voice opposition to the idea of a dog limit, even though it's not currently proposed.

"It is a topic of conversation, so it's very possible that it could go to council and be incorporated into the bylaw," said Nicole Spencer, the President of the NWT SPCA.

Along with many others, Spencer doesn't want to see a limit on dogs.

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