TRURO – A few old bylaws regarding animals in the Town of Truro have been updated.
The town’s solicitor, John Rafferty, reviewed three specific animal bylaws dating back to the early 1900s during a regular monthly council meeting on Tuesday. All of them will be changed.
A 1916 town bylaw allowing animals to be impounded when they are out of the care of their owners was repealed.
“It was that people could sell them if not kept (care of) … I can’t recall when that (bylaw) was last used,” said Rafferty.
Another bylaw that was changed yesterday dates to 1926. It indicated Truro residents could own a pig in their yard if it had a safe and sanitary enclosement. Now, pigs, as well as roosters, cannot be kept on town property except in a watershed or designated urban area.
In addition, an update to a bylaw regarding animals such as goats was made. If a resident wants to have a goat on their property they must have at least 5,000 square feet and follow specific rules per goat.
Rafferty indicated it was beneficial to update the bylaws because they “certainly were out of date.”